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Spokes, Suzi Trash, Mad Max Elliott (free)

  • Mickey's Tavern 1524 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Mad Max Elliott. Photo by Scott Gordon.

Mad Max Elliott. Photo by Scott Gordon.

Max Elliott has been in a bunch of Madison bands over the years, almost all of which featured his winningly confident yawp over deliberately primitive, thumping, often rockabilly-inspired punk. The Lonesome Savages were the most well-known of these groups, but they were essentially all vehicles for Elliott to indulge in all manner of hiccuping vocal theatrics while the band hammered, soloed and droned behind him to hypnotic and/or thrilling effect. It's a style that works well for him, and it's become a signature. Mad Max Elliott is his solo guise, and features him on acoustic guitar and a kick drum. It almost seems too stripped down initially, but of course that's the point. Anyone who's devoted this much time, skill and effort to conjuring up excitement from minimal means is clearly a professional, and soon enough Elliott's energy and charisma shine through. The loose, experimental psychedelic punk group Spokes and Missouri punk trio Suzi Trash also appear. —Mike Noto

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