A few fresh events worth adding to your calendar.
We've always got our eyes peeled for shows being announced in Madison. Here's what stands out from the past week's newly added events. Keep up with more events, thoughtfully previewed by our writers, in our Calendar section. (Editor's note: We skipped this feature last week, as announcements felt a bit slow.)
Matt Mehlan, IE, And Illusions, Rob Lundberg. Nov. 18, Maiahaus Project Space. This one's presented by Tone Madison. We've got more information about it here.
Northless. Dec. 15, The Wisco. Milwaukee's Northless is one of the finest heavy bands going right now, churning up brutal and trudging paeans to the bleak side of life. Their new album, Last Bastion Of Cowardice, is due out on November 17.
Chrissy. Dec. 16, Robinia Courtyard. The Jams dance-night series at Robinia got off to a good start in October with Chicago's SOLD and Jerome Derradji, and continues here with Chicago DJ/producer Chrissy and solid local selector DJ Zukas.
Shredders. Jan. 18, High Noon Saloon. This brash new configuration of talents from Minneapolis' Doomtree hip-hop crew (P.O.S., Sims, Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger) is the likely high point of 2018's FRZN Fest. Previously just at the High Noon Saloon, this year the loose winter agglomeration of club shows will expand to the Majestic as well (now that both venues are under the same ownership), and will include performances from Destroyer, Hinds, and Rayland Baxter.
Michael Che. Feb. 9 through 11, Comedy Club on State. The Weekend Update co-anchor's run of stand-up shows here is looking like one of the most promising comedy events in town in early 2018.
Tavis Smiley. Feb. 10, Orpheum. The journalist and advocate visits to present a new live event based on his book Death Of A King: The Real Story Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year.
Ought. March 31, High Noon Saloon. The Montreal band teeters between approachable melody and cracked post-punk sensibilities. Their new album Room Inside The World is due out in February.