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Czarbles, Mori Mente, Emili Earhart, DJ Evan Woodward

  • Art In 1444 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Madison's craziest instrumental-rock band debuts a set of new material. Info

  Photo by Connie Ward.

Photo by Connie Ward.

Madison trio Czarbles have spent the past 15 years diligently hammering out some of the most brilliantly mind-scrambling instrumental rock I've ever heard. And by "hammering out," I mean working out convoluted math-metal compositions until they sound improbably catchy and smart-assed. For all the bizarre meters and abrupt shifts and strangely interwoven melodies in their songs, they never feel stiff or pretentious. Guitarist Mark Sauer, drummer Jeff Sauer (also of Cap Alan), and Matt Skemp (of Collections Of Colonies Of Bees and Volcano Choir) have put out just two releases—a self-titled album in 2006 and the 12-minute Nausea Trois in 2015—that condense their demented sensibilities into bracingly concise tracks.

At this show, the band will celebrate Mark Sauer's 40th birthday while also rolling out a new batch of material they're calling "Tsarbles." They've hinted that this music will be their first not to use any distortion (though their music already is very minimal in its use of effects) and might be a departure from what we've heard before. Dark electro-pop project Mori Mente, experimental musician Emili Earhart, and far-reaching DJ Evan Woodward will support. —Scott Gordon