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Real Boy, Kenny Hoopla, Sonny Falls, Once A Month (free)

  • Mickey's Tavern 1524 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Kenny Hoopla. Photo by Devan Marz.

Kenny Hoopla. Photo by Devan Marz.

This lineup showcases a group of Madison artists whose styles all draw heavily from punk, emo, and garage-rock, but interpret those influences in different ways. Opener Once A Month, a duo, plays stripped-down punk that falls in line with classic acts like Bikini Kill. Their 2016 split EP with fellow locals We Should Have Been DJs tackles modern misogyny head-on, with songs that call out behavior from ghosting to mansplaining. Chicago band Sonny Falls' 2016 LP There's No Magic Left In This World is grunge-y and punkish in the terseness of its guitars and drums, but Eyan Ensley's vocals make it more approachable. Madison-based Kenny Hoopla is labelled a rapper by many (including your correspondent) but might be more at home on this bill than among other local hip-hop artists. His latest artistic direction, on tracks like "Waves," has leaned more toward rock than rap, borrowing an emo shell but subverting it with skillful vocal manipulation and idiosyncratic cadences. And finally, there's Real Boy, an emo outfit. The scrappy live recordings on the band's Soundcloud embody a classic garage aesthetic. Songs like "i used 2 be a frog" offer the kind of thrash and forlorn confession that all emo ought to. —Henry Solo

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