New shows: Tortoise, Joanna Newsom, and more

The week’s best Madison show announcements.


Tortoise plays the Majestic on March 10. Photo by Andrew Paynter.

Tortoise plays the Majestic on March 10. Photo by Andrew Paynter.

Madison hasn’t been completely Tortoise-deprived since the band released its last album, Beacons Of Ancestorship in 2009. The band last played here in 2012, member (and Madison native/former Tar Babies drummer) Dan Bitney has played a few free shows at Mickey’s recently with his various experimental projects, and bassist/guitarist Doug McCombs visited a couple of years ago with his other instrumental band, Brokeback. But the long-running Chicago outfit will finally be releasing another album, The Catastrophist, and touring behind it, with a March 10 stop at the MajesticInfo/tickets

Joanna Newsom‘s fourth album, Divers, is due out October 23, and will play December 18 at the Orpheum. Remember in 2006 when she and Smog played a packed show at the Memorial Union Great Hall? It was neat and I’m old. Info/tickets

This week the endearingly challenging Milwaukee rapper Milo played a rapidly sold-out show with Phox at the Shitty Barn, but he’ll be back for a November 8 show at The FrequencyInfo/tickets

At the Dammit I’m Grown! event on October 31 at Bright Red Studios, a few Madison acts will attempt to offer an “adult” alternative to Freakfest and other popular Madison Halloween celebrations. (It bears noting that Freakfest, also on October 31, does have some good local acts in the mix this year, including Sincere Life, CRASHprez and Me eN You.) Dammit I’m Grown! will feature music from Mr. Jackson, Lovely Socialite, Jerry Gari, and Christian DiorInfo

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