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Dire Wolves, Cap Alan (free)

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

A wide-ranging band of psych explorers comes through on a short Midwest tour. Info


Dire Wolves has enough quiet and free-floating reflection in its improvised music that Mickey's might seem a risky choice of venue, but the San Francisco band also has more than enough charismatic gravity to pull a potentially chatty crowd into its orbit. Even when the project skirts the distant rim of psychedelia, as on "A Quiverful Of Light" from 2017's Oceans Of Green, it projects an ominous strength, bringing together drones and fragmentary melodic phrases (from guitars, bass, drumkit, violin, voice, and singing bowls) with an air of a decisive journey into the unknown. And when Dire Wolves launches into more of a full-on psych-rock mode, the effect is blistering: One 2017's Excursions To Cloudland, droning vocal arrangements become a cavernous backdrop for scorching wah-wah guitar freakouts and frantic violin. Madison-based musician Taralie Peterson (Louise Bock, Spires That In The Sunset Rise) played on Dire Wolves' 2018 album Paradisiacal Mind and will be sitting in here. Sunburned Hand Of The Man, initially scheduled to play this show as well, has dropped off the bill. Madison experimental duo Cap Alan opens up. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: April 13
George Washington (free)