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Rare Plant Showcase III

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
  Cave Curse. Photo by Brett Stepanik.

Cave Curse. Photo by Brett Stepanik.

Based in Madison, the self-described "small tape label" Rare Plant has grown into a driving force in the Minneapolis-Madison-Milwaukee DIY connection. They've released a flurry of physical releases that range from solid to exciting, bringing locals like Trophy Dad or Proud Parents and the Twin Cities' The Cult Of Lip under the same banner. Combing through Rare Plant's catalog forges a sense that this region of the country, often thought of as a cultural backwater or Chicago-centric, has a sound and aesthetic of its own. The showcase doubles as a celebration for the release of Cave Curse's new LP Future Dust, a densely layered sequence of synth-driven punk songs, heavily inspired by Digital Leather with a focus on spacey hooks and Bobby Hussy's wild, Jay Reatard-esque vocal delivery. It's the project's debut full-length and its first release since Hussy solidified Cave Curse's new live lineup with Ben Brooks and Tyler Spatz of Poney and No Hoax, and Emili Earhart of And Illusions (who writes for Tone Madison), though the album itself features just Hussy and drummer Will Gunnerson. With a stellar series of openers—Cult Of Lip, Proud Parents, Tippy, and Sundial Mottos—and DJ Lauden rounding out the night, this show is the celebration of Upper Midwest music we deserve. —Reid Kurkerewicz