Posted on May 19, 2013 by Shelley Peckham
Wednesday night’s Black Rebel Motorcycle Club concert supported by thenewno2 was a tale of two musician sons of musician fathers, one studiously avoiding his father’s legacy, the other embracing it after having avoided it early in his career.
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Posted on April 28, 2013 by Shelley Peckham
My first visit to the RSR Bar left me impressed. The sprawling complex is divided into two sections; one had the feel of a more traditional college bar with pool tables and TVs, and the other a more intimate setting with the stage tucked away past the bar. (My only complaint was that the stage-side bar only had a generic American lager on tap while the other bar had a slightly better selection.)
First up was Heavy Looks, a self-proclaimed power pop band from Madison. Thursday night was their first time playing out together, but other than stating as much, their self-consciousness on stage was the only outward sign. Musically they were tight and sounded like they had been playing together for much longer. While Rosalind Greiert and Dirk Gunderson split vocal duties, I found Rosalind’s voice possessed rich tones that added to the songs, while Dirk’s was unconventional and more distracting. Most songs ended with a flourish from the drummer Eric Wermedal, which began to seem more like a nervous tic than intentional. The band had sold me on themselves until the final song where one particular line stood out: “Twenty-five years of being bored to tears.” This band was not bored to tears, not in the least. Check out this new Madison band when you can.
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Posted on July 24, 2012 by Shelley Peckham
George Watsky doesn’t make sense. Not because he’s a skinny white boy who raps. Not because he performs slam poetry to audiences who love hip hop. Not because he rhymes over sick beats about wedgie-ing Wednesday’s butt crack. It’s because more people don’t know how awesome he is.
Last Wednesday Watsky graced Madison with his presence and taught High Noon Saloon that unusual is better and lisps sssound sssexy. He describes his situation best in “All I Ever Wanted”: “My look’s wrong / I know I sound odd / But when I hit the mic the first time / I found God.”
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Posted on May 16, 2012 by Shelley Peckham
There’s no pretense to Ty Segall. Standing in front of a microphone at the High Noon Saloon last Wednesday evening (May 9, 2012), the shaggy blonde rocker looks like just another kid from the bus–the silent type who spent the ride to school engrossed beneath bomber headphones. But Ty Segall isn’t the silent type, and neither is his guitar. He holds it like a weapon, sputtering chaotic riffs as if he brandishing an electrified riot gun. Whether slowly entering the night’s set with The Addam’s Family theme song or spinning into guttural licks in “Girlfriend,” at a Ty Segall show, the crowd is the petri dish and the music becomes the catalyst for human combustion.
Though accompanied at the night’s opening by White Fence for two excellent tracks off their collaboration album Hair, Segall remained the focal point for swooning punks and swinging shoulders for the rest of the night. Because Segall doesn’t sing, he purrs, and in turn the audience lost its collective mind as if gaseous delirium was being pumped through the air vents.
Somewhere lost in the mosh pit is a notebook full of song tracks and notes written in an illegible hand, but the pit at a Ty Segall show isn’t the place for music criticism or any sort of articulation. It’s the two minute ledge where we all come to fall backwards into black pools, the thrum of static like blissful wind rushing past our ears.
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Posted on April 25, 2012 by Shelley Peckham
Devin the Dude and his posse of laid-back rhyme soothers were a sorely needed respite from months of bad hip hop publicity in Madison. Blame the bad rap on the local media for propagating the word of recent club nuisances; blame the few bad apples for instigating such ruckus in the first place. Either way, no one can deny that a hip hop show doesn’t come to town without making a few fans, politicians and (most understandably) security guards a little nervous.
But the crowd and the performers at last Sunday’s performance were a jovial bunch. Houston’s Devin the Dude accompanied by the Coughee Brothaz North were clearly enjoying themselves before a crowd of smiling eyes. Amidst the blowback ether of 4/20 holiday perfume, cheers and slow-vibing pervaded cuts like “Highway,” “Do What You Wanna Do,” and “Doobie Ashtray” while Devin transitioned with vocal turntablism into classics like “I Can’t Make It Home,” and Dr. Dre’s “You.”
While hip hop may be the vehicle for references to blunts, the female anatomy and “stackin’ your dough,” the live atmosphere from a few of the underground’s finest MCs was a reminder that sometimes having a good time is the most powerful drug of all.
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