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Oxbow, RLYR, Coordinated Suicides

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
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San Francisco’s Oxbow play a strain of noise-rock that draws a great deal from the avant-garde fringe and a heightened compositional awareness. On Thin Black Duke, their first full-length in 10 years, Oxbow deviate from the traditional elements of noise rock both in instrumentation and structure. A melodic whistle starts off opening track “Cold And Well-Lit Place” with metrical irregularity, giving the music a certain sentimental character, but only for a second. A cacophonous, fully-orchestrated interlude interrupts, and then in come the full-fledged vocals of Eugene S. Robinson. Robinson’s voice sometimes parallels the wired, berserk ravings of David Yow or the paranoid yet impassioned vehemence of Nick Cave, but it's always commanding. As the whistling returns for a moment at the end of the song, echoing the original melody now placed under Robinson among post-rock nostalgia and agitated guitar, Oxbow leaves you excited and a little bit terrified for the journey ahead. Oxbow plays here with Chicago post-metal supergroup RLYR and local noise-rock trio Coordinated Suicides. —Emili Earhart

Later Event: September 2
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