Cincinnati cello-drums duo Lung share billing here with three excellent Madison bands. Info/tix
Lung is an instrumentally unusual cello-and-drums duo out of Cincinnati. The combination ends up sounding like metal-opera, as the cello is ripped from its genteel associations and becomes an instrument of doom, plugged into an amp and supported by heavy, booming percussion. Kate Wakefield adds haunting vocals and harmonies to her orchestral riffage to complete the arrangement.
Lung will be supported here by a local punk lineup with a range of sub-genres represented. Twelves is a four-piece heavily inspired by The Jesus Lizard, adding in tangled math-rock guitar phrases for some extra melodic chaos. His & Her Vanities are a sweet but powerful post-punk outfit, and recently ended a years-long hiatus with the release of a new album. The Hussy are a trio these days, but they still turn out ultra catchy and fuzzy garage-punk songs that are focused around sticky hooks. Bobby Hussy and Heather Sawyer trade off vocal duties with a headbanging energy reminiscent of Jay Reatard, with second guitarist Tyler Fassnacht (Fire Heads, Proud Parents) adding dimension to the band's tuneful yet volatile arrangements. —Reid Kurkerewicz