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Body Futures, Big Syn, Julian Lynch + Apollo Vermouth (free)

  • Mickey's Tavern 1524 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

An eclectic four-piece from Milwaukee, Body Futures recently released their second full-length album, Maybe It’s Just The Weather. The band's members come from a range of musical backgrounds—including noise-rock veterans IfIHadAHiFi and the experimental White, Wrench, Conservatory—yielding a sound that's hard to pin down. Just The Weather's opening track, “Criminal Standards,” finds brightly distorted guitar melodies and Dixie Jacobs' pop-oriented vocal melodies battling for dominance from start to finish. Conversely, “When I Took That Train” begins with a section that lays bare the band's noise-rock and post-punk tendencies, awash in white noise and electric distortion. This chaotic foundation eventually becomes intertwined with a driving melody, making for a few whiplash transitions between moods. “Right To Work"—first released on the compilation Unintimidated: Wisconsin Musicians Against Scott Walker, organized by Body Futures drummer/vocalist DJ Hostettler—introduces a more grunge-informed feel, with raucous guitar and emphatic drumming accompanying a vocal volley between Jacobs and Hostettler. Impressively, Body Futures incorporates a breadth of elements into focused and tuneful songs that storm through genre boundaries. —Katie Richards