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Japanese Breakfast, Mannequin Pussy, Spirit Of The Beehive (free)

  • Union South Sett 1308 West Dayton Street Madison, WI, 53715 United States (map)
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This well-curated bill presented by WUD Music features three up-and-coming Philadelphia-based acts. Ahead of Mannequin Pussy's dynamic art-punk, the boisterous noise-pop of Spirit Of The Beehive will open the show. Perhaps the broadest appeal of the lineup, though, is in headliner Japanese Breakfast's nostalgic, bittersweet dream-pop. Having toured with contemporary indie darlings Jay Som (who recently visited Madison) and Dead Oceans labelmate Mitski last year, lead songwriter (and award-winning gourmet essayist) Michelle Zauner similarly wears her influences on her tattooed sleeve; but Soft Sounds From Another Planet, her project's new LP, offers a surprising sonic palette with a myriad of production styles and lithe embellishments. True to its name, the record is at once ethereal and tempered, existing somewhere in-between the gauzy, hypnotic guitar tones of turn-of-the-century Blonde Redhead ("Soft Sounds From Another Planet" and "Body Is A Blade") and the chamber-minded, yet artful synth-pop of Bat For Lashes ("Machinist"). On "Till Death," one of the album's most intriguing experiments, Zauner layers a field-recorded sample with a sweet melodic lullaby before a steady rhythm section takes over. As the tune is further developed by intermittent horns and strings, the lyrics delve into personally vivid nightmares that pull from the restlessness, longing, and grief of modern living. Japanese Breakfast's live configuration promises a split between guitar-centric and synth-heavy material; each approach embraces the intimacy and catharsis crafted when Zauner unites her aching voice and penchant for dark, confessional subject matter with a warmer, shimmering pulse of instrumentation. —Grant Phipps

Earlier Event: October 3
Best Of The British Arrows (free)