Folk artists Gregory Alan Isakov and Blind Pilot teamed up Tuesday to serenade a small but packed Capitol Theater. Although both artists showed what they were capable of with soft yet powerful acoustic sound, I was most impressed by the incredible talent that Gregory Alan Isakov brought to the stage.
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To open the show, Waxahatchee lead vocalist Katie Crutchfield belted “I was losing my mind, I was dancing with death” from the band’s tune “Recite Remorse.” Although the packed crowd wasn’t dancing with death, the jams caused everyone to let their minds run rampant and sway freely to the thick drum beats and impressive vocal harmonies from the five-piece band.
Eaux Claires 2017: Paul Simon, Chance the Rapper, Perfume Genius make the festival a dream come true
Following a red woodchip path into the Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, one becomes enveloped in an enchanting wonderland completely separate from that of the surrounding town. A dirt path lined with hidden art pieces, nearly invisible to the oblivious eye, leads the way into a clearing with two huge stages and swarms of people buzzing and observing the hidden treasures around the grounds.
Eaux Claires 2017: Danny Brown, Spank Rock, cup bring a downpour of eclectic sounds to festival-goers
In its third year, the Wisconsin-based music festival Eaux Claires continued its tradition of bringing together artists from across the world for a slew of astonishing live performances. Focusing on artist collaboration, experimentation and exploration, the festival fuzed genres ranging from folk and indie rock to classical and hip-hop.
Milwaukee-based band Field Report opened for the energetic and always-boisterous Sylvan Esso Wednesday night, part of a two-night event at the Majestic. The group, whose founding members have roots with Justin Vernon and Bon Iver, played a short set of entirely new music. Lead singer Chris Porterfield performed with surprising animation. New music, which was captivating alone, was accompanied by quirky hand gestures and expressions. Give or take a few chatty crowd members, the band’s unique presence on stage lent itself to a more attentive audience for an opening band than I’m used to seeing.
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:
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.