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Dumb Vision, Big Eyes, Proud Parents (free)


  • Mickey's Tavern 1524 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Kait Eldridge of Big Eyes.

Kait Eldridge of Big Eyes.

New York band Big Eyes, led by guitarist/singer/songwriter Kait Eldridge, makes some of the most catchy, cutting punk around. Big Eyes' 2016 album Stake My Claim is proudly rooted in the meeting of punk and pop, just without the cliched connotations that usually come along with "pop-punk." Songs like "Cheerleader," "Just Not Right," and "Count The Pegs" work a lot of swing into their tough, charging rhythms, and Eldridge's voice brings a no-nonsense edge to even the most sugary melodies. The band's guitar work is often twangy and melodic, punchy but never hemmed in by worn-out chord progressions. You could think of Big Eyes as a supercharged take on Cheap Trick or Flamin' Groovies, but it's a bit more distinctive than that, with a sharp, witty, perspective of its own. —Scott Gordon