A few fresh events worth adding to your calendar.
We've always got an eye on shows being announced in Madison. Here's what stands out from the past week's newly added events.
Tephra Sound. Aug. 18, Arts + Literature Laboratory. Adventurous New Orleans-based cellist Helen Gillet recently formed this new improvisational group with drummer Nikki Glaspie, multi-reedist Jessica Lurie, and keyboard player Brian Haas. I've yet to actually hear this group, but the collective talents involved make it worth a shot.
Claude Young, Bill Converse, Sassmouth. Sept. 16, Willy Street Fair and High Noon Saloon. As last weekend's Musique Electronique events at La Fete De Marquette, organizers also announced that they'd be bringing back their Willy Street Beats stage at this year's Willy Street Fair. Included in that lineup, and an after-show at the High Noon, are two excellent techno producers, Claude Young and Bill Converse, and Chicago DJ Sassmouth, who talked with us last year for our Aces series.
Diane Cluck, Glassmen, TS Foss. Sept. 20, Art In. Virginia singer and multi-instrumentalist Diane Cluck plays folk music that sways and flexes along unconventional lines. Madison duo Glassmen and TS Foss (the solo project of Proud Parents and Fire Heads member Tyler Fassnacht) share this bill.
Sandy Alex G. Sept. 28, High Noon Saloon. Then all-over-the-place Philadelphia musician churns out a lot of music and dabbles in a lot of sounds, but his eighth album, Goat, shows he can still hold all that sprawl together with some solid melodic instincts.
Ryan Adams, Emmylou Harris. Sept. 29, Breese Stevens Field. Emmylou Harris, one of country's finest voices, already had a Madison headlining show booked at the Capitol Theater on this date, but hey, surprise! Now she gets to open for Ryan Adams instead. Nothing against Ryan Adams necessarily, but just...what?
Palehound. Sept. 29, Rathskeller. Singer/guitarist Ellen Kempner and her band Palehound take a beautifully wounded turn on the new album A Place I'll Always Go—a great step up from what was already a solid, witty rock band.
Joe Biden. Dec. 10, Orpheum. The former vice president and senator's speaking tour is titled "Finding Purpose In A Time Of Uncertainty," so expect some climax-of-the-Democratic-Convention-type feels.