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Nestle, Lovely Socialite (free)

  • Memorial Union Play Circle 800 Langdon Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)


Madison’s Lovely Socialite orchestrate jazz and classical characteristics in an groovy, adventurous rock sextet. Their punchy, brass-driven melodies meet glassy vibraphone lines and psychedelic guitar outbursts, bringing across both intensity and a playful, humorous spirit. The disparate styles, backgrounds, and characters of the sextet are particularly evident in "Glass," the first track from their latest EP, DoubleShark. The sprightly yet minimal vibraphone line paired with the driving drum lines set up a backdrop for the brass and guitar to switch off, while also working together in creating a mood at times ominous, expressive, dramatic, whimsical, or totally off the wall. Nestle, a Midwest-based improvisatory trio made up of bassist Rob Lundberg, percussionist Ryan Packard, and guitarist Cyrus Pireh, are equally personable in their performance. Nestle create bold textures of sound sustained by a collective patience or punctured by colorful and abrasive splashes of personality and emotion. Packard and Lundberg both have a knack at extracting a range of sound from their instruments (Packard using a drum machine along with his kit), as well as having equally energetic and hulking elements to their playing. Pireh hones in on a specific range of frequencies that he pulls from his guitar through homemade amplification, while welcoming more of a meditative stasis through quick yet unwavering playing. A listener might at once actively direct their attention to the decisions each member makes, or find themselves joining the musicians, marinating in the sounds interacting in the space before them. Nestle's performance here celebrates the release of a new album, Hoffman Estates. (Full disclosure: Lundberg is a co-organizer of Tone Madison's event series.) —Emili Earhart

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