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Mayhem gave a theatrical performance at Majestic on Tuesday, complete with Satanic costumes and props.

Mayhem bring theatrical black metal to Majestic

Norwegian black metal moguls Mayhem put on a dramatic exhibit at the Majestic Theatre Tuesday night, playing the entirety of their highly influential 1994 debut album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. Known for using pseudonyms for their stage aliases, the active lineup featured one founding member, bassist Necrobutcher, who was absent from the group during the record’s production.

Slowdive's showmanship illustrated the benefits of listening to live music.

Slowdive give full, immersive concert in first ever Madison appearance

I was introduced to Slowdive by a close friend on a road trip more than two years ago. Zigzagging through the dry hills of southern California in May, I was intrigued by the group’s mellow psychedelia. My occasional listening and modest fanhood provided a gateway into the shoegaze genre, but my expectations for their live act were inadequate. Witnessing their profound showcase served to reinforce the value of seeing live music.

Speedy Ortiz performs gritty, indie rock to a subdued audience last Tuesday at High Noon Saloon.

Speedy Ortiz, Tera Melos showcase quirks

Speedy Ortiz frontwoman Sadie Dupuis effused flower power on center stage Tuesday night. She wore a floral print top, a skirt and a flower pin in her hair, distancing her look from the dreary Madison weather.


(Sandy) Alex G blends genres, performs fan-led encore

As a horde of people crowded into the High Noon Saloon on Thursday night, it became quite clear that the night would be filled with sincere appreciation for the music. I soon found myself completely surrounded by denim-shirt-wearing, Pabst-Blue-Ribbon-holding music fanatics.

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