Dusk's proto-rock and Double Grave's chaotic post-punk make for a solid night of off-kilter music. Info/tix
The Appleton band Dusk brings together a few of Wisconsin's finest musical eccentrics, including Amos Pitsch of Tenement on bass and vocals, Julia Blair of Holy Sheboygan on Wurlitzer and vocals, and Colin Wilde of Black Thumb on drums. Guitarists Tyler Ditter and Ryley Crowe use a bit of rockabilly punch and swaying pedal steel to frame the band's protean jumble of country and early R&B; Dusk's absolute blast of a 2017 single, "(Do The) Bored Recluse" b/w "Too Sweet," tried to unpack a vivid but never-quite-was moments where all the formative threads of rock 'n' roll began to tingle with magic affinity. That universe, at once haunting and comforting, expands on Dusk's self-titled debut full-length, released earlier this year. Blair and Pitsch's vocal trade-offs give tracks like "Stained Blue" a dynamic balance of swoon and snarl, and Blair delivers a show-stopping lead vocal performance on the ballad "Leaf," which has also been a highlight of the band's live sets these past few years. Expect to feel steadily rocked and strangely transported during Dusk's set here.
Sharing the bill here is Double Grave, a Minneapolis trio that blends frantic, gleefully tuneful post-punk with a generous smear of whammy-bar shoegaze atmosphere. Double Grave recently followed its 2017 album New Year's Daydream with a new EP, Empty Hands. On both, bassist Bree Meyer provides rich melodic foundations that free guitarist/vocalist Jeremy Warden to veer between hooks and noisy oblivion. Meyer, Warden, and drummer Seth Tracy work a lot of variety into these records and their live performances, but always operate as a lean unit that can turn on a fuzz-rattled dime. —Scott Gordon