UPDATE: Deastro unfortunately had to drop off tonight's show, but Chris Koza and The Explorer's Club are plenty reason to join the 9pm party at the Rathskellar.
Natalie Portman's Shaved Head Sophisticated Sideways Ponytail (mp3): This is good not just because of the calypso dance break. It's also all the pop references, the quivering bass synth, the elementary "do you like" phrasing, the trendy DIY pastiche video, all the claps, and the Le Tigre riot vocals. Also, it's the ponytail.
Well now we know the High Noon Saloon is built to last. It's still standing after a beating tonight by Isreal's rock gang Monotonix. First seen in Madison at last year's Forward Music Fest, the band returned with the same intensity, a longer set, and even more acrobatics. Who knew the High Noon's bar could serve a second stage, with pillar Cathy Detmers faithfully serving drinks and unsuccessfully trying to hide the bar napkins from lead singer Ami as his hairy ass shook in front of her face. He managed to swipe the stack and tossed the white squares like confetti over the grateful capacity crowd, belly up to the bar and snarling to be served guitar.