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Cave Curse, Prettiest Eyes, Educational Davis And The Karaoke Wilderness (free)

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

Prettiest Eyes.

L.A. trio Prettiest Eyes shift through a lot of different shapes on their 2017 album Pools, with each track offering an oblique sliver of fierce and inventive post-punk. "Mira Nena" uses Marcos Rodríguez 's chugging bass and drummer Pachy García's snare as a frame for synth/electronics manipulator Paco Casanova's meld of skeletal hooks and scrambled chaos. The rhythms become more jagged, and the atmosphere more masterfully dissonant, on "Gold Snake," as heavy reverb swats García's vocals all around what sounds like a single warped chord from Casanova. (Speaking of all the reverb on those vocals, it will surprise no one that this came out on Castle Face, the eminent punk label run by John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees.) Most of the tracks, like "Prance," fall somewhere in between, ruggedly catchy but constantly liable to try and throw the listener off-balance. Pools is one of those records that threatens to dredge up a lot of weird psychic muck, and it's great fun. —Scott Gordon

Later Event: February 13
Lena Waithe (free)