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Sweet Spirit, His & Her Vanities, Proud Parents

  • Frequency 121 West Main Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Austin nine-piece Sweet Spirit play powerful, high-energy rock. Founded by A Giant Dog's Sabrina Ellis (and joined by AGD's Andrew Cashen), and hailed by Spoon's Britt Daniel, Sweet Spirit at times holds singer-songwriter sensibilities, while flirting with E Street Band-style instrumentation. On their 2017 release St. Mojo, Sweet Spirit emphasize powerhouse dual vocals, horns, glammy guitar, and auxiliary percussion. The approach yields taut but soulful R&B on tracks like the duet "I Wanna Have You," which pulls the big ensemble through a dissonant but exciting key change on its third verse. They play here with Madison post-punk outfit His & Her Vanities, who reunited in 2016 after several years of laying low, as well as power-pop sweethearts Proud Parents. —Emili Earhart