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New shows: MELT, Cribshitter and more

New shows: MELT, Cribshitter and more

The week's best Madison show announcements.

  Darren Keen headlines MELT on October 24 at Club Voodoo.

Darren Keen headlines MELT on October 24 at Club Voodoo.

Milwaukee electronic and experimental music series MELT will be putting on a Madison show on October 24 at Club Voodoo (that's The Bayou at 117 S. Butler St., but after dark, or something). Headliner Darren Keen first emerged from Lincoln, Nebraska via his theatrical one-man electro-punk project The Show Is The Rainbow, but now lives in New York City and now creates affably cracked electronic jams under his own name. The bill also includes Milwaukee's The Demix and three Madison acts: DJ and House of Love booker Wyatt Agard, wide-ranging bass producer Chants, and experimental duo ZeroBeatInfo

The local- and regional-artist-focused Strollin' jazz series has been a hit in Madison's neighborhoods these past two summers, so it'll be interesting to see how the concept translates to Hilldale on September 18. Featured artists at this installment include The Big Payback and Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Sextet. Info

The Legendary Shack Shakers will bring their psycho cowpunk antics back to Madison for a December 4 show at the High Noon SaloonInfo/tickets

Heavy instrumental-rock outfit Pelican will play October 25 at the High Noon with an opening set from Madison's finest dystopian thrash outfit, ZebrasInfo/tickets

Cribshitter, a Madison band that has become an unlikely local favorite with a mix of meticulous pop songcraft and scatalogical screwball lyrics, will celebrate the release of its third album, Acapulco, with an October 10 show at Mickey's. The album has been much delayed, but Cribshitter did tide us over last fall with the "Jellyshoes"/"Fantasy Factory" single. Info

Podcast: The man in the booth

Podcast: The man in the booth

Dylan Carlson on the wondrous second life of Earth

Dylan Carlson on the wondrous second life of Earth

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