A new dance-night series kicks off with wide-ranging DJs and lesser-known local performers. Info
The new monthly series Bangers & Mash (full disclosure: I'm supposed to play some records at a future installment, also I have know idea why they're calling it that) will combine a dance night and an open-eared music showcase, featuring local artists and an intentional, inclusive atmosphere. It's organized by activist/organizer/gallerist Lydia Roussos and Madison musicians Allison Geyer and Ross Adam (both of Exploration Team), and Chris Joutras (of Kitschy Spirit Records, The Momotaros, and several other local bands). Presiding over the dance-party portion at this first installment (in the late half of the evening) will be DJ Lauden, aka Lauden Nute of the TV Dinner DJs, who spins fun, deep, and cheeky sets that reach across vintage R&B, '80s hip-hop, synth-pop, and more far-flung corners of electronic music. DJ Nervhq will be spinning a mix of 2010s hip-hop and oddball pop from the '70s and '80s.
Earlier in the night, the live-music portion of the event will kick off with Tom Grrrl, a Madison project blasting out scrappy punk that balances effusive melodies with scratchy production. Next up is Terran, the solo project of Madison musician Terrance Barrett. Terran sometimes showcases the kind of brain-scrambling guitar heroics Barrett contributes to psych-rock outfit Carbon Bangle, but it's way more free-form and oriented around synths, sequencers, and disorienting sonic manipulation. —Scott Gordon