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Lucy Dacus, And The Kids, Adult Mom

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
  Photo by Dustin Condren.

Photo by Dustin Condren.

Lucy Dacus' powerful and versatile voice drips with a wisdom and thoughtfulness characteristic of someone who has seen it all. On her latest album, Historian, the Richmond, Virginia artist is already brooding on her past, rearranging characters and perspectives until she can forge some sense of a comprehensible personal narrative. The album's opener, "Night Shift" ruminates on a meeting with a former lover. The romance of the past smacks into the hard wall of the present reality, as Dacus croons, "What was the plan? Absolve your guilt and shake hands?" In construction it's a characteristic Dacus tune, starting softly with her voice leaning on low notes weaving over simple guitar chords, until the track builds into a headbanging jam with Dacus' voice leaping into the upper registers. With tender Purchase, New York rockers Adult Mom and soulful indie-pop purveyors And The Kids providing opening support, the lineup should provide for a cathartic evening of emotionally vulnerable music. —Reid Kurkerewicz