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The Week: September 17-20, 2012

Madison's new season of live music is rockin' this week with concerts by Built to Spill, The Heavy, Matthew Sweet, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Melvins Lite, Mutemath, and Empires. The calendar also includes book readings by Kashmira Sheth and Amy Goodman.

Monday 9.17
NOTEWORTHY: Occupy Wall Street movement begins in New York City, 2011.

Tuesday 9.18

Kashmira Sheth
Barnes & Noble-West Towne, 7 pm
The local author showcases The No-Dogs-Allowed Rule, a novel for young readers about a boy trying to find a way around the titular rule.

Built to Spill
High Noon Saloon, 7:30 pm
In addition to wowing crowds with heavy, catchy guitar hooks, this band treats fans to covers of songs by their own favorite artists, like M.I.A. and the Smiths. With Helvetia and Sister Crayon.

The Heavy
Majestic Theatre, 8:30 pm
This group of Brits formed a band as they bonded around two American classics: Jim Jarmusch films and vintage R&B tunes. Their own sound combines old-school funk with modern soul and indie rock. With the Silent Comedy.

Wednesday 9.19
NOTEWORTHY: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev barred from Disneyland due to security concerns, 1959.

Matthew Sweet
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
Sweet ushered sweet yet sarcastic power-pop into the world of grunge with his 1991 album Girlfriend. Learn more about the album in this week's Tour Stop, then watch him perform it from start to finish. With Summer Twins.

The Jesus & Mary Chain
Majestic Theatre, 8:30 pm
Formed in 1983, this band of Scotsmen readied musical palates for noise-pop that sounds like frying bacon from afar. A reunited lineup will share feedback-laced classics such as "Head On" and "Just Like Honey," which attracted many new fans through Sofia Coppola's 2003 film Lost in Translation. (See Music.) With Psychic Paramount and Rollinghead.

Thursday 9.20
NOTEWORTHY: Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in Battle of the Sexes tennis match, 1973.

Amy Goodman
Barrymore Theatre, 7 pm
The bestselling author, investigative journalist and host of the independent news program Democracy Now! will discuss her new book, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance and Hope. Goodman's ability to give voice to those ignored by the mainstream media makes for essential reading and listening.

Melvins Lite
High Noon Saloon, 8 pm
Three musicians from sludgy proto-grunge act the Melvins are gunning for a world record by playing all 50 states and Washington, D.C., in 51 days. Cheer them on as they share songs from a new EP, 1983. With Tweak Bird.

Majestic Theatre, 8 pm
Bubbling with hints of Radiohead, New Order and the Stone Roses, this band is a dream come true for many alt-rock fans. The show is likely to feature lots of material from 2011's Odd Soul and a few special treats, such as their take on the Transformers theme song. With Civil Twilight.

Frequency, 8:30 pm
These finalists from Rolling Stone's "Do You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star?" contest will share selections from Garage Hymns, a new album of anthemic indie rock. With Pushmi-Pullyu and Dakotas.

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