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Courtney Barnett: Aussie with an attitude

Courtney Barnett

Maybe it's because the ozone layer is thinner over Australia that so many great rock bands come from Down Under. Too much ultra violet radiation can make you crazy. Take Courtney Barnett, the Melbourne rocker has single handedly reignited the torch for female guitar savvy heroics with witty lyrics and lots of attitude.

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Foxygen proves breaking up is hard to do

Foxygen

Foxygen have always been shrouded in controversy, whether it was backstage feuding, freaking out at SXSW or the recent declaration that the current ...And Star Power tour would be their last. Nothing like pumping up your ticket sales with a false impending final tour announcement, and the band wonders why their music takes a backseat to gossip fodder. Tonight, the capacity crowd at the Sett in Madison got a first-hand look at the chaotic live show that harnesses the friction, energy and unpredictability of the Foxygen ethos. 

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Jason Narducy of Split Single has deep indie-rock roots that started with '80s punk scene

Jason Narducy

Jason Narducy keeps his indie sideman credentials intact. Having played bass and provided backing vocals for such underground icons as Bob Mould, Robert Pollard, Superchunk and Seattle’s Telekinesis, Narducy is stepping out front as a guitarist with a new project christened Split Single.

“I was happy being a band guy, and still am,” explains Jason. “I’ve had enough day jobs to realize this is the best one ever, but I ended up writing forty more songs. I realized I had to do something with them.”

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Reptar continues Athens, Georgia tradition of eclectic weirdness

Reptar

Reptar can't be categorized, no matter how hard people try. Pitchfork described the band as “Afro-tribal-electro-twee-pop” for college kids who “seriously like nothing more than to throw the fuck down." We're not sure what that means but the jist is good.

Reptar fuses horns, keyboards, guitars and drums into a lethal dose of spontaneous progressive weirdness as evidenced by their latest album Lurid Glow. The band has played Madison before and their intense live shows pique your curiosity about what's in the water and music scene of Athens, Georgia. 

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Interview: John Statz weaves life and road tales into Tulsa

John Statz

John Statz calls Denver, Colorado home these days, but it wasn’t long ago he was part of the emerging Madison singer-songwriter community. He still collaborates with Jeffrey Foucault who just produced John's latest album Tulsa

“”John writes songs you can’t shake,”” says Foucault. “”They follow you around all day and run through your head at 3 a.m. Open hearted, horizon-line songs.”” 

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Rock of the Arts

Club Crawl

Lord Huron
w/ Leon Bridges
Riverside Theatre (Milw)
Sat, April 25

Caroline Smith
w/ Vic and Gab,
Mr. Jackson
High Noon Saloon
Sat, April 25

Rhiannon Giddens
w/ Bhi Bhiman
Capitol Theater
Mon, April 27

Hurray For The
Riff Raff
w/ Daniel Romano
High Noon Saloon
Thu, April 30

Speedy Ortiz
w/ Krill, 
Two Inch Astronaut,
Proud Parents
The Frequency
Fri, May 1

TURBO FRUITS,
w/ Eternal Summers,
Body Futures 
Cactus Club (Milw)
Sat, May 2

The Replacements
w/ Midnight Reruns
Eagles Ballroom (Milw)
Sat, May 2 (sold-out!)

Revelry Fest
w/ Chance the Rapper,
The Chainsmokers,
Alunageorge, Mick Jenkins,
Nick Hakim + More!
Library Mall
Sat, May 2 

R. Ring
w/ Vanishing Kids
The Frequency
Sat, May 2

Death Cab for Cutie
w/ The Antlers
Riverside Theater (Milw)
Mon, May 4

Vetiver
w/ Eric D. Johnson
of Fruit Bats
The Frequency
Thu, May 7

Pianos Become The Teeth
w/ Loma Prieta,
Gates
Cactus Club (Milw)
Fri, May 8

Dolores,
Surgeons in Heat (LP Release), Building on Buildings
High Noon Saloon
Wed, May 13

Tame Impala
w/ Mini Mansions
Riverside Theater (Milw)
Thu, May 14

Dan Deacon
w/ Prince Rama,
Ben O’Brien
High Noon Saloon
Fri, May 15

Jenny Lewis
w/ Nikki Lane
Turner Hall (Milw)
Tue, May 19

METZ and FIDLAR
High Noon Saloon
Sat, May 23

Surfer Blood
w/ Alex Calder
The Frequency
Sun, May 24

ST. VINCENT
w/ Sarah Neufeld
of Arcade Fire
Orpheum Theater
Tue, May 26

Built to Spill
w/ Wooden Indian
Burial Ground, Clark and the Himselfs
High Noon Saloon
Tue, May 26

Archie Powell
& The Exports
w/ Heavy Looks,
Little Legend
The Frequency
Fri, May 29
 
Royal Blood
w/ Mini Mansions
High Noon Saloon
Sun, May 31

Hot Chip
w/ Slow Magic
Turner Hall (Milw)
Sun, May 31

Father John Misty
w/ Springtime Carnivore
Pabst Theater (Milw)
Sun, May 31

Milo Greene
w/ TBA
High Noon Saloon
Mon, June 1

NE-HI
w/ Modern Mod,
Dolores
The Frequency
Thu, June 4

CJ Ramone 
& Shonen Knife
w/ TBA
Cactus Club (Milw)
Tues, June 9

The John Spencer Blues Explosion
w/ Daddy Long Legs
High Noon Saloon 
Sat, June 13 

Kate Tempest
w/ TBA
High Noon Saloon
Mon, Jun 15

Future Birds
w/ Christopher Gold,
The Sharrows
High Noon Saloon
Fri, Jun 19

Dawes
w/ Langhorne Slim
Capitol Theatre
Sat, June 20

Iceage
w/ Low Life
High Noon Saloon
Sun, Jun 21

Eaux Claires
Music & Arts Festival
feat. Bon Iver,
The National, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens
+ more
Foster Farms - Eau Claire
July 17 & 18

Elvis Costello
& the Attractions
Overture Hall
Thu, July 23

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