Sacramento alternative-rock quintet Cake celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. If you think they peaked with "Never There," in 1998, you might not know that their new album, Showroom of Compassion, is Cake's first to debut at number one on the Billboard album chart. The band begin a three-month tour in Vancouver, B.C., this month. They perform in Madison on May 13 at the Orpheum Theatre.
In last Halloween's avalanche of tribute shows, Whitney Mann performed as one of her musical idols, Loretta Lynn. On Saturday, Feb. 12, the Madison country singer opens for Lynn at the historic Hoyt Sherman Theatre in Des Moines. Mann's local debut album was released two years ago, and she's come a long way in a short time. "So far in my musical career, I've been extremely fortunate to play shows with my influences and heroes," says Mann, who has previously opened for Willie Nelson and George Jones. "Loretta Lynn is beyond words. She's a legend!"
With 159 episodes under their belts, hosts Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines start the 2011 chapter of the podcast Mad Toast Live this month at the Brink Lounge. Highlighting the month is a Feb. 13 performance by acclaimed jazz violinist Christian Howes. He'll appear with Madrid-based pianist Federico Lechner from 4 to 6 p.m. You can find the podcast on iTunes if you miss the show.