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According To What, Small Mediums, Imaginary Watermelon


  • Frequency 121 West Main Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

A sweetly scathing power-pop band headlines this warm-up event for the WORT Block Party. Info

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Madison band According To What's main songwriter, Luis Perez, has played in several indie-pop bands with a gentler sonic touch (Jonesies, Exploration Team, Automatically Yours), though with some scathing lyrics amid the clean-toned, jangling electric guitars. But Perez and fellow guitarist/vocalist Maggie Denman (Proud Parents, Margerat Dryer, Once A Month) add lots of distorted snarl to the equation in ATW, making for power-pop that's sweet and scathing in equal measure. "You're total trash, chewed gum stuck to my shoe," goes the chorus of "Spatial Relief," one of two demos the newish band released in January. Those words pair with punkish rhythms (from bassist Tessa Echeverria and drummer Etan Heller) and brightly cranked guitars that feel genuinely cheerful. According To What are planning to start work soon on a follow-up recording. They share the bill with fellow Madisonians Small Mediums and Imaginary Watermelon at this show, which is a "warmup" for the Sunday's WORT Block Party. —Scott Gordon

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