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Avian Life Benefit: Thomas Wincek, Adoptahighway, Noxroy, Jack Duros

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Stevens Point label Avian Life combines experimental electronic music with efforts to help out abused and neglected birds. Info/tix


Even in the esoteric landscape of cassette labels, the Stevens Point-based Avian Life has what is likely a unique MO: Using its releases and events to help out birds. Proceeds from this show and the label's latest compilation of comfortingly strange electronic music, simply titled Avian Life, will be donated to Neenah's RoseBerry Bird Rescue, which takes in pet birds that have been abused, neglected, or simply given up by their owners. All four acts performing at this show have a track on the comp. Jack Duro, who runs Avian Life, contributes a swell of pleasantly distorted ambient experimentation on his track "Hi Charlie!" Noxroy, the solo outlet of Madison-based guitarist and synth explorer Andy Fitzpatrick (All Tiny Creatures, Cap Alan, Bon Iver) reconciles his abstract, glitchy side with passages of serenity on "Bubión." Middleton's Thomas Wincek (All Tiny Creatures) combines effusive beats and rapid-fire, marimba-like synth phrases on "Roller Blades." Milwaukee bassist and electronic musician Barry Paul Clark also contributes a track under his Adoptahighway moniker, and that's available only as a bonus for people who buy the tape; I recommend his scratchy and darkly gorgeous release A Fault, from 2015. Both Wincek and Clark play here on a break from touring with Milwaukee outfit Field Report, and contributed to that project's latest album, Summertime Songs. —Scott Gordon