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Jams: Sage Caswell, Savile, Geoff K.

  • Robinia Courtyard 829 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Sage Caswell, a versatile producer and DJ with Madison ties, spins here ahead of the release of a new album. Info

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Producer and DJ Sage Caswell divides his time between LA and Madison, and while he's kind of a quiet presence locally, his infrequent appearances in town are worth catching. On releases like the 2016 album Hoop Earring, Caswell creates house tracks that balance hefty beats with iridescent atmosphere, layering on plenty of brightly comforting synth patches but never crowding out his dense, punchy kick drums. One standout track, "Y'all," begins with a calm swirl of chords and gently builds it up until Caswell brings in springy tom-drum samples that push things into more danceable territory. Caswell can also venture capably beyond that blissed-out zone in more aggressive original house tracks and ecstatic DJ sets. Caswell has just announced another full-length, Evil Twin, due out at the end of March. He shares the bill here with New York's Savile and Madison's Geoff K. Caswell will also appear on an upcoming episode of Digital Warmth, a new podcast hosted by Jordan Cohen (aka Chants) and presented by Tone Madison. —Scott Gordon