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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Lewis Del Mar returned to Madison last night at the High Noon Saloon. The New York duo is comprised of Danny Miller, their lead singer and guitarist, and Max Harwood, their drummer. Though still a fairly new artist, Danny expressed great appreciation to the crowd as he reported that their Madison show last year had been the biggest show they’d performed at the time. “We felt like we were way in over our heads … but now it feels like we’re all in our living room.” As the crowd cheered, a level of comfort and ease settled in for both the performers and the audience that carried throughout the show.
With the last week of class coming to an end and finals creeping in, I’m sure everyone is relieved to get some well-deserved time off. Now you may be thinking, “What in the world am I supposed to do with all this free time now that I’m not drowning in assignments?” The answer is go to as many concerts as is physically possible.
The Flaming Lips stopped by the Orpheum Theater Friday night while on the Midwest leg of their current world tour and, yes, they brought a unicorn.
What marks the distinction between a festival headliner and a band at the bottom of the undercard? In a concert at the High Noon Saloon Tuesday night, The Districts made the case that it’s not talent alone. A prototypical midday-at-a-festival band, the Philadelphia natives showcased not only their instrumental finesse, but a palpable star power. If you haven’t heard of them yet, don’t be surprised to see them creep up festival lineups in the coming years.
When CyHi The Prynce snuck his verse onto a rough cut of Kanye West’s track “So Appalled” back in 2010, he proved to music icons like Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Kanye himself that he is a top tier lyricist. Since then, he has released a bundle of mixtapes written for Kanye and has been nominated for five Grammys, but he still doesn’t have a full-length commercial release.
Weezy F. Baby—one of Lil Wayne’s many monikers—has undeniably solidified himself as a legend in hip-hop. Saturday night, he and his opener CyHi The Prynce did their best to get everyone in the sold-out Orpheum Theater as wild as possible.
The first time I saw Kishi Bashi live, I didn’t even know who he was. It was two years ago, and he was opening for my all-time favorite band, Guster. He performed as a solo act, and when I wrote my review of the concert, I described the feeling of listening to the beauty of his music as almost trance-like.
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.
Psychedelic rock icons Foxygen performed at the Majestic Saturday night, capturing an intense glam vibe with their impressive grooves and on-stage antics.
UW-Madison School of Music showcases pianist Émile Naoumoff, offers educational opportunities for the public
Émile Naoumoff, a virtuosic French pianist of our time, visited UW-Madison from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he has been teaching as a professor since 1998. He gave a solo recital and a piano masterclass this past Wednesday and Thursday.
Picture that cliché feeling of driving with your windows down, scream-singing on a summer day. Now take that feeling and multiply it by 100 and you have yourself a Lumineers concert. The Lumineers played a nearly sold-out show at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee Saturday night, marking the second time in less than a year the folk-rock band has graced the city with its boisterous energy.
Originally, the bands Kashikoi and Child’s Play only planned on having one jam session when they set up a gig together back in April 2014. Child’s Play opened up their show with Kashikoi following right after. The combo jam session came next. With a mix of improv and loosely developed grooves, the seven-member supergroup tore up the stage.
A lot of teenagers have their own cars. Even fewer purchased the car entirely on their own. And an even smaller number did so using money they saved in less than a year. Davon Prather, better known by his stage name Trapo, did all of the above using money he earned entirely from rapping.
We’re just over halfway through the music portion of live-music heaven that is SXSW, and the talent here has been so consistent, none of the Daily Cardinal arts desk has slept in days. This is an exaggeration, but not as far off as you might think.
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.
After the lull of an average school and work day, fans of all ages gathered together at the Majestic Theatre on a seemingly quiet Tuesday night for Cold War Kids, an alternative, indie-rock band that is most notable for their hit, “First.” Shivering from both the chilling weather and anxious excitement, I stood in line for the doors to open at 7 p.m. There was a small crowd beside me making small talk and shivering; all of us were different, yet all of us were fans, and together, we were all unaware of the bold and lively dynamic that awaited inside the theater.
If you go on Google and search “gold music band,” you’ll find bands called GOLD, Gold, Band of Gold and several others if you scroll through the first couple pages. That’s why the Milwaukee-based band GGOOLLDD doubled every letter and made it all-caps. It’s their way to distinguish themselves from the get-go, but this band is much more than an attempt to stand out from the crowd so they can get big.
With the music section of SXSW officially underway, musicians have already started bringing their A-game across the gorgeous city of Austin, Texas.
Immediately as the four-piece band stepped onto the stage and dove into their set, you wouldn’t realize that The Griswolds’ indie rock beats originated 9,000 miles away in Sydney, Australia.