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Octo Octa, Justin Long, Golden Donna, Glynis

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

This year’s installment of Musique Èlectronique, Madison’s beloved miniature electronic music festival, kicks off its seventh orbit with a night of house and techno from some top players. Octo Octa’s myriad releases on labels like 100% Silk, Running Back, and Honey Soundsystem’s HNYTRX pull together elements of deep house, techno, and ambient in a pensive fabric that feels genuine and cathartic. Her latest, Where Are We Going?, follows a similar recipe, tying lush piano, bubbling synth, classic breaks, intimate field recordings, and more into a deeply personal yet relatable narrative. Justin Long brings a mutant mix of EBM, electro, and throbbing techno that scores the ongoing Hugo Ball residency at Smart Bar in Chicago. Recent acid techno endeavors from Long in Circling Vultures have picked up heat from L.I.E.S. as well as Glasgow-based label Contort Yourself. Catch local favorites Golden Donna (a.k.a. Tone Madison contributor Joel Shanahan) and Glynis warming up at one of the best-looking nights of electronic music in Madison we’ve seen this year. —Zack Stafford