Music roundup for week of Nov. 21-27, 2013

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By Kareesa Wilson, Special to The Gazette
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Smith Westerns and Sky Ferreira at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Ave., Madison. Tickets: $17. Call 608-268-1122.

This mashup is a hipster must-see.

Sky Ferreira is a 21-year-old artistic overachiever. She sings, writes music and plays, acts and models in her spare time. Ferreira's breakout single, “Everything is Embarrassing,” was a critically acclaimed hit last year. She just dropped a debut album, “Night Time, My Time,” and all signs seem to indicate that this time is indeed Ferreira's time.

Smith Westerns are a Chicago indie rock band. Their 2009 debut album showed promise that was realized in follow-up records “Dye It Blonde” and this year's critically praised “Soft Will.” The band—Cullen Omori, Cameron Omori, Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich—performs indie rock with a Chicago blues conscience.

The Barley Jacks with Brian Wicklund at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, Monroe Arts Center, 1315 11th St., Monroe. Tickets: $10-$25. Call 608-325-5700.

Trying to tie the Barley Jacks to one genre of music is pretty tough. Pulling the best out of blues, doo-wop, Celtic, classical and rock music and making something new with all that is what this group does best.

Frontman Brian Wicklund's devilish fiddling is worth the price of admission. Wicklund is a respected fiddle instructor and literally wrote the book on the instrument—“American Fiddle Method,” which is a best-seller. Rounding out the band are guitarist Joe Cruz, bassist Kevin Rowe and drummer Joel Arpin.

The Minnesota-based group has won critical accolades for its efforts, including a Minnesota Arts Board commendation. The band has two albums: 2010's “Either Side of Night” and 2011's “The Lighthouse.”

Michael Nesmith at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. Fourth St., Milwaukee. Tickets: $45.50. Call 414-286-3663.

Michael Nesmith is still a “daydream believer” after six decades of fame.

Best known as a member of 1960s rock band the Monkees, Nesmith's place in the music history books is set. At their peak, the Monkees outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones with megahits such as “Daydream Believer” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday.”

Nesmith's accomplishments don't stop there. The 70-year-old performer is also a gifted songwriter who penned many hits for the Monkees and other artists, including Linda Ronstadt's hit “Different Drum.”

Nesmith also is credited with creating the music video concept. He won the first Grammy Award given for video of the year for his 1981 comedy/music video collection, “Elephant Parts.”

Megadeth at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, Orpheum Theater, 216 State St., Madison. Tickets: $33. Call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

 Classic metal band Megadeth is still thrashing on its 30th anniversary.

The Los Angeles group rose to fame during the 1980s, helping to create the thrash metal genre alongside Metallica and others. Original founding members Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson are joined by Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick. Over the years, they've recorded more than a dozen albums and sold more than 50 million copies. Six albums have been certified platinum,

Megadeth also has earned 11 Grammy nominations.

The band's 14th album, “Super Collider,” released earlier this year, debuted on Billboard's Top 10.

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