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Erika Wennerstrom, Christopher Gold

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

The enduring appeal of Cincinnati/Austin band Heartless Bastards basically comes down to singer/guitarist/songwriter Erika Wennerstrom. Not only is Wennerstrom the band's only constant member, she also boasts one of the richest voices to lead a rock 'n' roll band in the last 20 years. Her vocals at once reach into deep baritone territory but stay at the center of the mix, driving classic Heartless Bastards songs like "Gray" and "Only For You" inexorably forward. The band's music has also expanded into more reflective and subdued territory over the past decade, so it makes sense that Wennerstrom would eventually branch out into stripped-down solo performances. Playing here as she works on a solo album, Wennerstrom will get a chance to put those mighty vocals even more front-and-center, and presumably share a lot of new songs.  —Scott Gordon

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