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Calvin Johnson, Mister Jackson, TS Foss

  • Communication 2645 Milwaukee Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

A DIY mainstay performs behind a charming and mischievous new solo record. Info/tix

  Photo by Red Williamson.

Photo by Red Williamson.

The founder of K Records and a stalwart advocate for independent music, Calvin Johnson returns to Madison behind a new solo record, A Wonderful Beast. Produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, and occasionally featuring Michelle Branch on vocal harmonies, A Wonderful Beast may seem at first like a surprising turn for Johnson. But upon listening, longtime Johnson fans will find comforting parallels to Johnson's Dub Narcotic Sound System and Beat Happening output. The funkiness, dubby keyboards, and general sense of sonic adventuring heard right away on "Kiss Me Sweetly" pairs well with Johnson's unmistakable baritone voice, charming awkwardness, and cryptic sense of mischief. We recently spoke with Johnson about A Wonderful Beast, K records, and his current position on independent music. He performs at Communication with a band made up of some friends and musicians from his home Olympia, Washington. Two Madison artists—lovable crooner Mister Jackson, and earnest jangler TS Foss—perform here as well. —Emili Earhart

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