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Forma, Golden Donna, Woodman/Earhart Duo (free)

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

New York City trio Forma comfortably straddle a few different realms of tuneful, synth-driven music, from sumptuous ambient textures to the cheerful efficiency of Krautrock. As enveloping as Forma's music can be, it's almost always working with just a few simple elements. "Descent," from the 2016 album Physicalist, uses a few moody arpeggios, a couple of incisive synth leads, and sparse but driving drum patterns to create something that feels vast and layered—which speaks to the band's patience as composers and their precise sense of how a few sonic elements can fit together into powerful, uncluttered structures. These strengths also come out in Forma's live performances, which are very much hands-on and incorporate a lot of improvisation. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: January 26
Charlie Berens (sold out)
Later Event: January 27
Faces Places (free)