Two Midwestern electronic artists play this Tone Madison-presented show. Info/tix
In a show that we here at Tone Madison organized, St. Louis musician Eric Hall and Milwaukee project Apollo Vermouth will play separate sets of transportive electronic music that takes a wide view of the form's sonic possibilities. Hall tends to frequently vary his approach and setup, which can incorporate everything from texture-heavy synth explorations to live percussion. Most of Hall's 40-odd Bandcamp releases are live recordings, and as he explained to Tone Madison in a 2015 interview, that's no accident. Throw a dart at this vast trove and you're likely to find yourself pulled between masterfully sculpted ambient music, experimental sound art, and quite a few beautiful, drifting melodies.
Apollo Vermouth is the solo outlet of guitarist and producer Alisa Rodriguez, whose other work has included the Milwaukee projects Sundial Mottos and A Crushed Rose, plus some recent live collaboration with Madison's Julian Lynch. On Apollo Vermouth's 2017 album Crashing Into Nowhere, Rodriguez creates liquid currents of guitar, laced with gentle static and reverb but always sure of their melodic purpose. Tracks like "He Sees You, He Loves You," "Heavenly Warm Sun," and "Crashing Into Nowhere" have the immersive depth of ambient music and the tuneful momentum of hazy, half-evaporated pop. And in a live setting, Rodriguez needs only a guitar and a few pedals to transport an audience to that zone. Tickets are available online and at the door, and there is a discount for Tone Madison Sustainers.—Scott Gordon