Up the Downstair

Being a weeklie podcaste from Madison, Wisconsin featuring several remarkable curiosities therein occurring being a compendium of live music from divers artistes

Archive for the ‘Rock’ Category

Show #286: The Eagles at Alpine 1980

Friday, February 19th, 2016

(Photo found here.)

At the risk of this blog/podcast becoming a posthumous hit parade, I am going to post another show in memory of a rock star who has died recently. Last month on the 18th Glenn Frey passed away. He was 67.
Although best-known for his work with The Eagles, death notices reminded me that his [...]

Show #285: David Bowie in Madison

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

(Photo found at this gallery.)

When David Bowie died a couple of weeks ago I was surprised by the outpouring of sadness. I suppose I shouldn’t have been but the number of article and comments about the man and his influence was really startling. People wrote about how much his music influenced them and their own [...]

Show #282: Torres

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Tonight is night two of the 2016 edition of FRZN Fest here in Madison at the High Noon Saloon. However, I am posting a show by someone who played last night – Torres.
Torres is the pseudonym for Mackenzie Scott, a young woman who lives in Nashville, from what I can tell. I am completely unfamiliar [...]

Show #281: All Them Witches

Friday, January 15th, 2016

(Photo found here.)

As I type the 2016 FRZN Fest is underway at the High Noon Saloon. The winter festival is now in its fifth year of trying to lure folks out of their homes to brave the cold.
I’ve never been and most of the bands are completely foreign to me. I played music trivia at [...]

Show #279: Melt Banana @ High Noon Saloon

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Japan’s Melt Banana swung through Madison earlier this summer for a gig at the High Noon Saloon.
I first heard of them a few years ago and they were referred to as being a punk band but, after listening to this performance, it’s quite obvious that they’re much more than that. There’s punk to be had [...]

Show #278: For My Brother – Santana at the Shiny, New World Music Theatre

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

My brother passed away back in the spring and I am posting some shows that he attended as well as shows by bands that he liked but for which he did not leave behind a ticket stub.
When my brother saw Santana at the World Music Theatre in the summer of 1990, the amphitheater was all [...]

Too Old to Rock’n'Roll?

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

(Photo found at Get Ready to Rock.)

Earlier this year prog stalwarts Yes and Ian Anderson both released new albums. Both went on tour in support of their new works. Interestingly, Yes played only a couple of new songs most nights on their tour while doing both Fragile and Close to the Edge in their entirety. [...]

Show #268: Eurythmics

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

(Photo found at Home of Rock.)

In her book She’s a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll Gillian Gaar discusses how some artists utilized MTV subvert “traditional images of femininity” and notes that Annie Lennox of Eurythmics was one of the first women to take advantage of the new medium. I recall the [...]

Show #267: Suzi Quatro

Monday, May 26th, 2014

I recently finished reading Gillian G. Gaar’s She’s A Rebel: The History Of Women In Rock & Roll and thought it would be good to post some shows by bands/artists featured in the tome. The first woman I’ll feature is Suzi Quatro.

Garr notes that Quatro was considered a novelty. She wasn’t a singer-songwriter like Joan [...]

Alice Cooper Doc Coming to Madison Cinemas

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

The Alice Cooper documentary, Super Duper Alice Cooper, will be screening out at Eastgate and Point on 11 June. Check out the Marcus Theatres website for more info.

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