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Ka Baird, Louise Bock, Cult House Sound

  • Communication 2645 Milwaukee Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

Former Madisonian and veteran experimental musician Kathleen Baird plays behind her 2017 solo album. Info/tix

Photo by Marcia Bassett.

Photo by Marcia Bassett.

Experimental multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Kathleen Baird spent about a decade living and playing music in Madison, primarily as a member of the far-flung psych-folk outfit Spires That In The Sunset Rise, before moving to New York City in 2014. Since then, Baird has continued to work as part of Spires and dig in deeper on her solo work under the name Ka Baird. That project's first proper album, Sapropelic Pycnic, was released in 2017 on Drag City and finds Baird summoning a cosmic, chaotic swirl of her own flute melodies, fractured electronics, and ethereal yet commanding vocals. Tracks like "Tok Tru" and "Oneiric" showcase Baird's gift for creating suspenseful dynamics within what feel like wide-open-droney soundscapes. This show, presented by Tone Madison, will be Baird's first in town since the album came out. She'll be sharing the bill with fellow STITSR member Taralie Peterson, performing here in her solo project Louise Bock behind a new album, and Madison's own Cult House Sound project will be spinning records before and between live sets. Tickets are available online, and there's a discount for Tone Madison Sustainers. —Scott Gordon