A double bill of eccentric and eclectic music is heading Madison’s way this Friday (May 20th, 2011) with Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson playing highly-anticipated, quirky-cool sets at the High Noon Saloon.
Born Ian Bavitz, Aesop Rock grew up on the east coast and acquired a taste for hip-hop from groups such as Run-DMC and Public Enemy. In the late ’90s he began performing during college and gathered a large underground following. He has released five studio albums to date, the latest being 2007’s None Shall Pass, which Spin magazine dubbed “a challenging, rewarding head trip.” Despite his complex left-of-center lyrical content, Aesop Rock manages to maintain an energetic yet intimate live show, and expertly engages with his audience.
As one-half of the indie band The Moldy Peaches, Kimya Dawson has garnered a great deal of national attention due to the 2007 film Juno, whose soundtrack included multiple songs by the band and a few credited solely to Dawson. She is known for her unique, child-like singing voice–which often lacks any strong sense of emotion–and her humorously sarcastic lyrical content. Similarly, many of Dawson’s tunes deal with themes of childhood and youth, with the occasional politically-charged song (i.e. “Loose Lips”) thrown in for good measure.
Of her latest release of kid-friendly tunes, Alphabutt, MSN’s Robert Christgau said, “It’s also the rare work of art that captures the dizzy infatuation that is dedicated infant care. All that’s missing is a song about sleep deprivation.” Furthermore, Billboard describes her sound as possessing “breezy, unconditional innocence and more than a little silliness.” We can dig it.
Grab your tickets to see these two fantastic artists live on the High Noon stage here.
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