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.
June 28, Central Library: Forward: Anger Into Action. In the works for about three years, this documentary by a group of Madisonians and Madison expats explores Madison's racial disparities and the work activists are doing to address them. At this event, hosted by Madison film website LakeFrontRow, the filmmakers will screen the documentary, then hold a feedback discussion with audience members.
July 22, Art In: Syneva, Velleitie, Shikimo, Forest Management. Chicago-based musician John Daniel recently played a set at a Tone Madison-hosted show with his immersive ambient project Forest Management. In person, Forest Management is detailed, textured, and heavy stuff. I'm admittedly a bit less familiar with Madison's Syneva, Chicago's Velleitie, and Iowa's Shikimo, but from what I've heard this could shape up as a varied night of nuanced electronic sounds.
Aug. 24-27, Orton Park: Orton Park Fest. This year's Orton Park Fest music lineup boasts venerable Austin singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo, who I can safely say is always worth catching, whether with a full, rock-oriented band or in a more subdued acoustic setting. He gets here every year or two, but this show is free. The rollicking country boogie of Appleton's Dusk (featuring members of Tenement, Black Thumb, and Holy Sheboygan) is another highlight.
Sept. 18: Majestic: Com Truise, Nosaj Thing. New Jersey producer Com Truise has just released a new album, Iteration, on Ghostly International, and as usual his synth-based compositions have a sleek-retro-futuristic charm.
Nov. 4, Barrymore: Slowdive. One of the most gorgeous and ethereal bands of the late '80s/early '90s indie-rock scene is touring again behind a new, self-titled album. Maybe the most exciting touring show in Madison this fall.