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Anna Burch, Tippy (free)

  • Memorial Union Rathskeller 800 Langdon Street Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (map)

A Detroit songwriter visits behind a strong new solo record. Info

  Photo by Ebru Yildiz.

Photo by Ebru Yildiz.

Earlier this year Anna Burch unveiled Quit The Cure, a record that saw the Detroit songwriter fully embracing the spotlight. For years, Burch had been involved in acts like Frontier Ruckus and Failed Flowers, but Quit The Curse suggests that those outlets tempered Burch's creative impulses. Indie powerhouse Polyvinyl saw the record's appeal early on and snapped it up for release. Anyone who stuck with Sleeping In The Aviary after the band departed Madison will be able to draw some connections between that band's later works and what Burch is doing here, marrying decidedly pop sensibilities to doo-wop flourishes and lacing both with attitude. Take "Tea-Soaked Letter," which sees Burch leaning into the candy-coated girl group stylings of the '60s but adding a selective, venomous bite through sardonic observations about things like the uncanny nature of burials.

Making this affair even more enticing is the fact that Burch's live shows have been garnering strong reviews and playing into the word-of-mouth success that's nicely augmented the record's aggressive marketing campaign (a handful of ads are still popping up for the album, nearly nine months after its release). Throw in the allure of the Rathskeller's intimate setting plus the free pricing and this becomes a can't-miss affair. Tippy will sweeten the deal as the local support, providing an extra splash to what promises to be a memorable night. —Steven Spoerl

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