The Project M Finals, Madison's annual songwriting competition, crowns a new winner this week in a show at the Club Tavern. The calendar also includes: a talk by David Maraniss; and, live music from Rival Sons, Town Mountain, Colorphase, Josh Krajcik, Son Volt, and The Orwells.
NOTEWORTHY: Chinese government sends troops to remove protesters from Tiananmen Square, 1989.
Anderson Auditorium, Edgewood College, 7 pm
Maraniss is a local boy made good: a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Washington Post editor, and biographer of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. He speaks as part of the Simpson Street Free Press Distinguished Lecture Series, which focuses on "Achievement, Journalism, and Today's Young People."
Frequency, 8 pm
Though this band's blues-infused hard rock is most popular in Canada and Europe, it's made a strong showing on the Billboard Heatseekers chart over the last two years. With the Family Business.
NOTEWORTHY: Congress approves 19th Amendment, granting women suffrage rights, 1919.
NOTEWORTHY: Wisconsin's Scott Walker becomes first U.S. governor to survive recall election, 2012.
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
This lively band from Asheville, N.C., are steeped in the authentic bluegrass tradition, but they're not afraid to spice things up with hints of surf-rock and honky-tonk. With Horseshoes & Hand Grenades.
UW Memorial Union Terrace, 8 pm
This local band rallies around a taste for the rock of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the saucy soul of Lauryn Hill. Celebrate the release of a new album, Phase II, at this free show.
Frequency, 8:30 pm
On the first season of The X Factor, Krajcik performed impassioned covers of Rihanna's "We Found Love" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Here, he'll play songs from his new album, Blindly, Lonely, Lovely.
Thursday 6.6 NOTEWORTHY: Videogame Tetris released, 1984.
Club Tavern, 6 pm
Triple M's latest songwriting contest has reached its dramatic finale, with the top three contenders giving their final performances.
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
Led by Uncle Tupelo's Jay Farrar, this band manages to make alt-country sound fresh even though it's been together for nearly 20 years. (See Tour Stop.) Colonel Ford.
UW Memorial Union Terrace, 9 pm
The Chicago five-piece play relatable rock that combines classic pop hooks and the thrilling energy of a good punk song. With Twin Peaks.