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Sunwatchers, Czarbles, Telechrome (free)

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

The inventive psych-jazz collisions of Sunwatchers are tinged with righteous anger. Info


The New York City band Sunwatchers creates fiercely churning instrumentals that pull from the headiest reaches of avant-garde jazz and psychedelic rock. Jeff Tobias' saxophone at times girds the band's shimmering with an overarching melody, as on "The Hot Eye," from the 2018 album II, and at times explodes into near-atonal rages, as it does on "Psychic Driving," from the new Illegal Moves. Drummer Jason Robira keeps the group's compositions in a zone between itchy repetition and conversational flexibility, pulling back to let tracks like Illegal Moves' rendition of Alice Coltrane's "Ptah, The El Daoud" swell together but goading opening track "New Dad Blues" into something a bit like a Krautrock groove. Around it all swirls the brightly saturated electric guitar of Jim McHugh and the driving but never too rigid bass lines of bassist Peter Kerlin. Sunwatchers do find room for tenderness and subtlety in all this, but it's hard to miss the core of righteous outrage that powers this music. They share the bill here with Madison math-rock veterans Czarbles and a new project, Telechrome, which comprises psych-electronic explorers Tarek Sabbar and Terrance Barrett. —Scott Gordon

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