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Half Gringa, Heavy Looks, Minor Moon, Gentle Brontosaurus

  • Frequency 121 West Main Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
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Chicago songwriter Izzy Olive hones in on country-infused indie rock in her full-band project Half Gringa. Olive grapples with her multicultural identity, often hinted at in her blended Americana flavors through smoky electric guitar color, silky trumpet lines, and occasional Latin drum rhythms. She often documents clearly imprinted memories in her lyrics, singing casually of domestic arguments, or fiercely of seemingly random views such as conflicting thermos-versus-mug preferences. Other times, Olive cloaks her sentiments and stories in obscurities, weighting her words with the color of her voice and orchestrations of her band. Chicago outfit Minor Moon, project of folk-rock artist Sam Cantor, play here behind their 2017 EP What Our Enemies Know, which incorporates a hint of classic psychedelia by bathing in Wurlitzer organ tones. Local outfits Gentle Brontosaurus, who play quirky indie pop, and Heavy Looks, who are as playful as they are powerful, perform here as well. —Emili Earhart