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11.1.14 - The Usual Things in Madison, WI

Freakin' Halloweekend
High Noon Saloon
7:00 PM, 21+, Get Directions

We'll be playing as Blink 182 for Freakin' Halloweekend at High Noon Saloon in Madison. We've been doing this for a few years now first as Nirvana, Foo Fighters, White Stripes, Radiohead, Beck, Rage Against the Machine, and now Blink 182.

That is to say "Blink One Eighty Boo".

w/ Meghan Rose and Friends as Janis Joplin, The Shabelles as The New Pornographers, The Rotten Tommys & The Gran Fury as Motorhead



Home Sweet Alone


Middle Coast





Proudly from Minneapolis, MN, The Usual Things mix power pop melodies with midwestern story telling. Singer/songwriter Aaron Shekey references his own experiences with relatable ambiguity; tales that push the simple, upbeat melodies of the band into darker territory.

Their influences range from the story telling of Drive-By Truckers, to the guitar-based melodies of early Radiohead, to the straight-forward rock fervor of the Foo Fighters. “It’s a Shame About Ray” by the Lemonheads rarely leaves their van’s CD player.

Their latest album, “Home Sweet Alone” explores the consequences of a failed 10-year relationship that could only be described as the quintessential, All-American highschool sweetheartdom.

“It's more of a breaking up record. A break-up record implies that everyone’s moved on,” says Shekey. He continues, “It’s dark, brutally honest, and all kinds of sad. I’ve never been more proud of a record.”

While it highlights the autobiographic side of a maturing band, Home Sweet Alone doesn’t lose its hooks or its bravado. At once it drifts between acoustic interludes and full-on telecaster thunder… a turning point in both the band’s musicianship and lyrical content. Home Sweet Alone is a cohesive, measured effort.

“Everything’s out in the open on this one. My fear is it’ll be hard for me, personally, to listen to it in a few years’ time… but this record absolutely had to be made. It's the best work we’ve done.”