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No Age, Behavior, Cool Building, DJ Evan Woodward

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

The noisy LA duo captures a refreshing energy on its latest album. Info/tix

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LA's No Age builds noisy indie-rock numbers with whining pop-punk vocals and droning guitars reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine. They've been champions of the DIY movement in LA for a decade, having helped lay the groundwork in a now infamous venue, The Smell, that other communities later often intentionally emulated. The band's latest album, Snares Like A Haircut, furthers the sonic maturation already apparent on the somber, dark An Object, which is the kind of punk album that will make you very sad. The vulnerability in the lyricism of a song like "Cruise Control" barely survives alongside multiple catchy hooks, buried beneath layers of distortion and abrasive tones. In some ways, Haircut is a return to their energetic, optimistic energy of their 2010 breakthrough, Nouns. The album is addressed to "the misfits that 2017 couldn't kill," which signifies a refreshing forward momentum for a band that could have coasted on early success. They're joined here by fellow LA band Behavior, Madison rock trio Cool Building (comprising members of Proud Parents, The Hussy, and Coordinated Suicides), and far-reaching Madison DJ Evan Woodward. —Reid Kurkerewicz

Earlier Event: April 26
Marquis Hill
Later Event: April 26
Chris Hardwick (multiple showtimes)