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Mitski's gentle yet striking voice stirred the emotions of concertgoers at the High Noon Saloon last week.

Mitski enchants audience with heartbreaking, empowering music

Superheroes don’t always wear capes, or so the saying goes. Sometimes they blend into the black backdrop on a stage and cast their powers over a crowd through the vibrations of their guitar strings. Indie rock singer-songwriter Mitski radiated this power, her chin raised and legs placed firmly in a powerful stance, regal as she watched over her kingdom at the High Noon Saloon this past Thursday.

The band just finished the U.S. leg of the tour promoting their latest album, Press Restart, with Madison as their penultimate stop. 

Walk the Moon brings electric new tunes to Orpheum

Most people know Walk the Moon from their acclaimed, overplayed pop hit “Shut and Dance.” If you don’t know the tune, you must have done a pretty good job at avoiding every radio station for the past four years. However, few are aware that “Shut Up and Dance,” though a relentlessly catchy tune, is not the band’s best song.

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.

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