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Legalize It! (free)

  • Mickey's Tavern 1524 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

The return of a short-lived but bright spot among Madison's DJ nights.


Back when Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis of the duo Peaking Lights were living in Madison and traveling a foggy, twisting path toward the project's dub and pop, and running the original Good Style Shop on East Wash, they also launched a recurring DJ night at Mickey's called Legalize It!. Between 2010 and 2011 (when Coyes and Dunis moved to LA), Legalize It! featured relaxed but deeply sourced mixes from Coyes, veteran Madison DJ Evan Woodward, and their guests, sometimes mixing in live performances from Peaking Lights, Wolf Eyes, Wet Hair, Julian Lynch, and other acts. As the name suggests, there was a focus on reggae, but the collective reach of these DJs goes much further afield, into obscure corners of electronic music and international grooves. Coyes and Dunis are passing through town and will mark the occasion with a one-off revival. Woodward and Coyes will be spinning, as will Minneapolis musician Shawn Reed (of Wet Hair and Night People Records). They've been teasing one more special guest, and it turns out that’s Nika Roza Danilova of Zola Jesus, who will be playing a live solo set. —Scott Gordon