Good Madison events announced this week: Godspeed, Greg Ward, etc.

A few fresh events worth adding to your calendar.


Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

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.

Anders Svanoe Trio. Dec. 1, Arts + Literature Laboratory. Madison-based saxophonist Svanoe’s 2016 album State Of The Baritone was one of last year’s highlights in local music. Svanoe, bassist John Christensen, and drummer Rodrigo Villanueva-Conroy will play here to celebrate the follow-up, State Of The Baritone Vol. 2. (Arts + Lit Lab seems to have announced several jazz events just this week, so there are a couple more noted in this post.)

Chris Speed, Dave King, Chris Tordini Trio. Dec. 17, Arts + Literature LaboratorySaxophonist and clarinetist Speed, bassist Tordini, and drummer King (of The Bad Plus) made the 2014 album Really OK together and their performance here should  be a great late-ish edition to the season’s jazz calendar.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor. March 16, MajesticThe bleak and ethereal Montreal post-rock outfit return behind their latest release for Constellation, Luciferian Towers.

Greg Ward Trio. Feb. 10, Arts + Literature LaboratoryChicago-based saxophonist Greg Ward’s show at ALL in March was among the best jazz shows I’ve seen all year. He returns here with bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer Greg Artry.

Queens Of The Stone Age. May 22, Breese Stevens FieldStill one of the most consistent bands making mainstream-ish hard rock. There’s not much surprising about the band’s recent work, but they can still craft lean, eerily cool songs, more so on 2013’s …Like Clockwork than on the new Villains.

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