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Bully, Big Ups

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
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Pulling from sounds and styles that could remind anyone of Nirvana, PJ Harvey, or The Breeders, Nashville trio Bully shamelessly hone in on various elements of '90s alternative rock. They recently released their sophomore album, Losing, on Sub Pop after recording at Electrical Audio, where guitarist/vocalist Alicia Bognanno once interned with engineer Steve Albini. But while embracing the Sub Pop legacy and capturing that iconic Electrical Audio analogue sound, Bully are still their own entity in 2017, thanks in large part by Bognanno's angular yet catchy songwriting and expressive, powerhouse vocals. New York's Big Ups play here as well behind their 2016 release Before A Million Universes. Big Ups take on moody, post-hardcore elements that weave in and out of slower, contemplative spaces and fuzzier, coarser sections. Often mathy and always emotionally raw, Big Ups might recall Slint and Shellac sensibilities. —Emili Earhart