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New Villains, Ghostwriter, Roboman (free)

  • Mickey's Tavern 1524 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Roboman. Photo by   Kristina Kasbohm

Roboman. Photo by Kristina Kasbohm

Rob Oman has spent years playing raucous surf-rock guitar in the punk-charged band Knuckel Drager, but does it all in his one-man band Roboman—playing drums with his feet, laying down bass and guitar parts on hybrid instruments he built himself, and belting out vocals through a hail of slapback. Oman's take on surf-rock is best heard live, and specifically at a crowded Mickey's show, where playing at full blast in a little corner of the bar, two people standing a foot or two away, somehow makes perfect acoustical sense. Roboman recordings have been slow to come, but a couple of singles have recently gone up on Bandcamp. He shares the bill here with Madison band The New Villains, who boast solid garage-pop songwriting instincts as well as former members of The Midwest Beat and The Grizzlies, and with one-man Austin blues band Ghostwriter. —Scott Gordon

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