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OHMME, According To What, Solid Freex

  • Williamson Magnetic Recording Company 1019 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
  Photo by Avo John Kambourian.

Photo by Avo John Kambourian.

Chicago band OHMME, who headline our first Tone Madison-curated show of 2018, centers around the duo of guitarists/vocalists Macie Stewart and Sima Cunningham. Both are multi-instrumentalists who've played in Chicago's rich improvised-music community and beyond—Stewart's recent activities include playing in Ken Vandermark's Marker ensemble, and Cunningham's background ranges from classical music to chamber-pop to singing backup vocals in Chance The Rapper's live band. OHMME's 2015 self-titled EP finds the two combining all that experience with more straightforward rock instincts, resulting in skewed but resolutely muscular and catchy songs like "Furniture" and "Fingerprints." The latter finds the two in a barbed yet playful back-and-forth on both voice and guitar. At this show they'll be sharing the bill with two Madison bands: According To What is a newer power-pop ensemble featuring members of Exploration Team and Once A Month, and Solid Freex is a father-and-sons punk trio whose debut album, Peeled Guest, ranges from stripped-down hardcore to scorched noise-rock. A presale is available now, and there's a discount for Tone Madison donors. —Scott Gordon