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R. Ring, Vanessa Silberman, Sally Grundy, Skizzwhores

  • Frequency 121 West Main Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Photo by Chris Glass.

Photo by Chris Glass.

Kelley Deal of The Breeders and Mike Montgomery of Cincinnati instrumental-rock band Ampline have been collaborating for about six years under the name R. Ring. A handful of EPs and splits over the years hinted at something that stands apart from both members' other bands, in a reflective but sharply melodic vein. R. Ring's debut full-length, Ignite The Rest, released in April, delivers on that promise with a set of songs that might share some imprints of The Breeders' razor-sharp indie-rock and Ampline's winding post-punk, but more importantly bring out a vulnerability and warmth that feel specific to this project. Deal and Montgomery also sound comfortable switching up instrumentation and approaches from track to track, using a playfully plodding rhythm on "Fallout And Fire," layering gentle guitar and keyboard arpeggios on the lovely "Singing Tower," and sometimes but not always foregoing all but minimal percussion. R. Ring can still rock, though, as the rugged and cheeky "Salt" demonstrates. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: June 13
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