To put it simply, Los Angeles bassist Thundercat is a bizarre human being. From his lyrics to his clothes, he is the embodiment of embracing the unconventional. His Tuesday night show at the Majestic Theater proved his wonky antics would translate to a truly unusual show.
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While preparing for a jog, one stretches their muscles and warms up. During Spoon’s concert on Thursday, it felt as though both the audience and the band were in a constant state of anticipation, slowly tying their sneaker laces before finding that endorphin-releasing energy experienced at concerts.
I was 17 years old and had just discovered the worlds around me. At the time, my grandmother’s home felt a little uneven; it was El Salvador, after all. Before the sun rose and reminded its people why the bonds—the blood boiling ones—are never bulletproof. It was around this time I began to read John Vietnam’s “One Life: One Love,” and wrestled with the idea of knowing that the greater wisdom of any decision can feel undeniably close. It was the only book I was interested in pursuing while 300 miles into the silent Salvadoran mountains.
As the first major concert of the semester, Foster the People’s sold-out show at the Orpheum was a triumphant success. Breaking into the mainstream with their hit single, “Pumped Up Kicks,” Foster the People have been a mainstay in alt-rock since 2011. However, Saturday marked the band’s very first appearance in Madison.
It was a typical end-of-summer night at the Terrace, a slight chill in the air as stars rose above Lake Mendota, beer flowed from pitchers and a crowd of people bounced to the sounds of a groovy flute and song lyrics about amusement park rides. New Orleans-based band Tank and the Bangas poured their infectious energy over the crowd and kept them moving along with the rhythms of their jazz-gospel-funk-soul-infused jams.
Madison has finally returned to its lively state as the 2017 fall semester begins for thousands of UW-Madison students. Along with the start of the semester comes the start of an even more exciting time: fall concerts. Pulling from upcoming events held across the city at classic Madison venues, here is a semi-comprehensive list of some of the must-see shows for the first half of the semester:
Since 2006, Freakfest has been a staple of Halloween celebrations in Madison. 2017 marks the 10-year anniversary of the festival’s musical showcase. While this year’s lineup isn’t as impressive as in years past, there are still a handful of performances you’d be a fool to miss.
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.
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.