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Psychic Drag, Billy Sunday, Claire Nelson-Lifson (free)

  • Mickey's Tavern 1524 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Madison's Psychic Drag perform playfully ruthless post-hardcore that balances hints of Fugazi worship with sassy attitude and timeless energy and aggression. Frontman Alex Seraphin, who can be seen playing bass in Proud Parents, trades off his voice's distinct personality with that of vocalist and guitarist James Runde (of The Smells), as bassist Ross Adam (of Exploration Team) provides creative counter melodies, giving the project some pop qualities. The band exhibits their shameless, snotty sassiness right off the bat on the first track of their self titled debut, released this past June. Madison's Claire Nelson-Lifson (also of Proud Parents) plays solo here behind a loaded two-song release from this fall that captures their earnest songwriting and a particularly expressive vocal performance. Madison/New York trio Billy Sunday plays here as well, featuring members of Fire Heads, Giant People, and Human Kindness. —Emili Earhart