The Daily Cardinal is heading to Eau Claire on June 16 and 17 to cover this year’s Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival. Our arts staff share what acts they are most excited to see this weekend:
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This past Thursday, everyone’s favorite three-sister indie rock band from the valley returned full-force. HAIM released a studio video for their song “Right Now,” preceding the highly-anticipated release of their sophomore album, Something to Tell You. This album comes nearly four years after their extremely successful debut in 2013 with Days Are Gone. After touring in support of that album, HAIM’s live show expertise has translated beautifully into new material, as evidenced in the video for “Right Now.”
Due to illness, Madison-favorite Hippo Campus was unable to perform this past Saturday. However, Majestic Theatre opened its doors to the public for a free show with Magic City Hippies, Hippo Campus’ opener on tour supporting the release of their debut album, Landmark. The Miami, Fla. based band remarked on the 60 degree Madison weather when I met them outside to take their portrait. Their sunny origins are evident in their music. I can easily imagine listening to their indie funk tunes on a sunny beach day.
Lewis Del Mar was set to perform at the Pandora Stage in The Gatsby toward the end of the third day of SXSW Music Festival. After a full day of photos and performances, I was ready to quit. As soon as Lewis Del Mar hit the stage, I was completely revived. The crowd waited with complete awe and anticipation as the first few bass-filled lyrics began to play on the empty stage. Frontman Danny Miller took the stage and immediately commanded attention. His face was beaming as they began to ease into the first song.
Once again, I found myself alone at a concert. I do thoroughly enjoy attending shows by myself and I happen to do it more frequently than most. However, as I biked up to the fading festivities of Live On King Street, I was quite skeptical about how the night would turn out. These doubts were brushed aside as I entered the Majestic. The infectious energy from LOKS was carried in by the large and boisterous crowd, and my excitement for the start-of-the-fall concert season overtook me. With the familiar ache of my camera strap on my shoulder, I found a spot on the balcony to observe the audience. With Frightened Rabbit nearly sold-out, the room felt electric.