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Blessed, Square Bombs, Exploration Team, Straka And Sphinx

  • The Wisco 852 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Vancouver band Blessed draw on elements of bright guitar-pop, but contort their clean-toned melodies into complex, multi-faceted, and weirdly effusive passages. Songs like "Phase" and "Endure," from the band's 2017 EP II, draw on the playfully twisted guitar acrobatics of Deerhoof and Polvo, as Drew Riekman's vocals swerve from staccato chants to earnest outpourings. Basically it's a melodic take on post-punk, a little brighter than usual on the surface, but with no less capacity for experimentation or bite. They share the bill here with Madison bands The Square Bombs, Exploration Team, and Straka And Sphinx. —Scott Gordon

Later Event: July 6
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