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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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Club Crawl

DMA's (Australia)
w/ The Living Statues,
Oh My Love
High Noon Saloon
Fri, May 29

Archie Powell
& The Exports
w/ Heavy Looks,
Little Legend
The Frequency
Fri, May 29

Mandolin Orange
w/ Michaela Anne
The Frequency
Sat, May 30

Sam Llanas 
(Former Bodean)
True Coffee Roasters
Sat, May 30 (Fitchburg)

Merchandise
w/ Cloakroom, Fire Retarded
High Noon Saloon
Sat, May 30

Porches
& Frank Cosmos
w/ Trophy Dad
The Frequency
Sun, May 31
 
Royal Blood
w/ Mini Mansions
High Noon Saloon
Sun, May 31 (sold out!)

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/ Hey Marseilles 
High Noon Saloon
Mon, June 1

World Party
w/ Gabriel Kelly
Majestic Theatre
Tue, June 2

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

Cage the Elephant
Orpheum Theater
Fri, June 5

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

Steelbridge Songfest
Sturgeon Bay
June 11 - 14

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

Kate Tempest
w/ Lord of the Fly
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

The Helio Sequence
w/ TBA
The Frequency
Fri, Jun 26

Against Me
w/ Frank Iero
& the Cellabration
Fri, July 3

Blitzen Trapper
w/ We are the Willows
High Noon Saloon
Sat, July 4

Ceremony
w/ Pity Sex, Tenement,
Tony Molina
The Frequency
Thu, July 9

Melt-Banana & Torche
w/ Hot Nerds, Zebras
High Noon Saloon
Wed, July 15

Moon King
w/ Mr. Twin Sister
Memorial Union Terrace
Thu, July 16 (Free!)

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

Ex Hex w/Tweens
High Noon Saloon
Tue, July 21

Elvis Costello
& the Attractions
Overture Hall
Thu, July 23

alt-J
w/ San Fermin
Riverside Theater (Milw)
Wed, July 29

Screaming Females
w/ Vacation
The Frequency
Fri, July 31

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