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Cribshitter, Sat. Nite Duets, Tippy

  • Crystal Corner Bar 1302 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Putting Madison's Cribshitter and Milwaukee's Sat. Nite Duets on a show together essentially convenes a summit of Wisconsin bands that conceal a lot of craft behind their smart-assed exteriors and have respectable presences on weird Twitter. (Or at least bad-joke Twitter.) Sat. Nite Duets would be the subtler (?) of the two, making gloriously scrappy rock and write lyrics that dance along the border between introspection and playful absurdity (though it must be said the band has gotten a bit more reflective with time). "TAFKA Salieri," from last year's album Air Guitar, combines bittersweet, jangly guitar figures with a character sketch of a hack musician: "Oh baby won't you hit me with that divine inspiration / I might be short on soul but not on motivation." With Cribshitter, it's more of a full-on spectacle, complete with bizarrely tacky stage getups, originals like "Where You Goin' With That Hard-On," covers like their Steve Albini-approved butchering of JJ Cale's "Cocaine," and lush pop arrangements that are as considered as the humor is demented. Cribshitter's last proper release was the 2015 concept album Acapulco, but they recently taped a performance on Wisconsin Public Television that's worth watching in its own right. It featured the staged walking-off of drummer The Fucking Lion, who actually left amicably and has been replaced by Joe Bernstein (The Kissers, El Valiente). —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: November 4
Half-Stack Fall Showcase