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Proud Parents, Lung, Tippy (free)

  • Mickey's Tavern 1524 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Lung. Photo by Natalie Jenkins.

Lung. Photo by Natalie Jenkins.

The satisfying, gritty thrum of an electric cello powers Cincinnati duo Lung's songs, with a resourcefulness and balance that's rare among rock bands who use the instrument. Cellist Kate Wakefield finds a lot of ways to straddle the roles of bass and chunky rhythm guitar, which is good because the only other things in the mix are her vocals and Daisy Caplan's drums. The band's recent album Bottom Of The Barrel also boasts strong songwriting, with tracks like "Actor" and "Hypochondriac" swinging between anthemic hooks and sour-witted indie-rock. This show also marks the end of a spring tour for Madison power-pop standouts Proud Parents, who will have a new live recording to share. Fellow Madison band Tippy rounds out an excellent bill here. —Scott Gordon