NYC synth-pop outfit Half Waif visit again, behind an emotionally weighty new record. Info/tix
For the third time in eight months, Brooklyn trio Half Waif will be making a Madison visit. The band recently acted as support for Julien Baker at the Majestic and Mitski at the High Noon, giving memorable sets at each, which bodes well for their upcoming Frequency stop. They'll be appearing in support of their third album, Lavender, a career highlight that recently enjoyed a premiere over at NPR's First Listen. Lavender is a record that grapples with heavy narratives but has imbued Half Waif with a newfound confidence that's translated to their live show, as anyone who was present for either of their recent Madison stops can attest.
A work of devotion that was defined by and dedicated to bandleader Nandi Rose Plunkett's late grandmother, the record's given life through tracks like the wistful "Back In Brooklyn" and lead-off track "Lavender Burning," which both heavily reference love and displacement. Led by Plunkett (who also spent time playing in Pinegrove) and rounded out by the rhythm section of Adan Carlo and Zack Levine, the band's introspective synth-pop should act as a nice complement to slow-burn indie rockers Hovvdy, who will be co-headlining what promises to be a moving, melancholic show. Alej Perez of Madison band Miyha opens up. —Steven Spoerl