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Oh My Love, CRASHprez, Zed Kenzo, Dudley Noon

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Zed Kenzo. Photo by Andrew Feller.

Zed Kenzo. Photo by Andrew Feller.

Oh My Love's first Madison show since the electropop duo moved to Austin just a few months back also marks a return for UW-Madison grad CRASHprez and yet another show in town for Milwaukee's Zed Kenzo. The two opening acts, both rappers, offer a nice contrast from the headliner but also between themselves. Compare CRASHprez's latest, "mind if I wyle out?" to Kenzo's "EVANESCENCE," for example. Though Crash (real name Michael Penn II, who also contributes to Tone Madison) is at his most intro- and retrospective on his new track, he still lands on something somewhat stable by the song's end when he repeats "Fuck the Alt-Right worldwide" twice. Even when he is at his most conflicted, he still provides listeners a direction that feels like forward. Kenzo's "EVANESCENCE" has the opposite effect. Over a cold, self-produced electronic beat, Kenzo uses a second-person approach to conflate herself with the listener. This confusion and dissonance begs and then forces us to ask the question "who are we?" both within and outside the song. Both of these processes, resolution (no matter how fleeting) and introspection (no matter how unsettling) can, of course, co-exist within the self, and also probably should. When both artists perform in the same space, it should make for a complex blend. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber

Earlier Event: August 10
Golf Clap (free)