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The Exile Project Plays Cheap Trick

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

The Exile Project is a loose gathering of Madison musicians who, for the past few Januaries, have put together shows covering canonical rock albums—so far, the Rolling Stones' Exile On Main Street, the Beatles' White Album, and the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds—in their entirety, through a rotating mix of solo and group configurations. The charm of it is in not tackling things head-on or attempting a "tribute band" type of format. Instead, participants pretty much draw songs out of a hat and go to town on their own distinct interpretation. This year, the project tackles its first-ever live album, Cheap Trick's 1978 power-pop masterpiece At Budokan. (Oddly enough, Cheap Trick have also gotten into full-album cover shows.) Participants this time around include folk-rock band The Fauxtons, country singer Jeff Burkhart, art-punk outfit Negative Example, and The Tiny Band. Cover band The Low Czars, who have some solid Cheap Trick covers already in their repertoire, will play an opening set. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: January 27
Julian Kirshner + Gerrit Hatcher
Later Event: January 28
The Chase (free)