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The Square Bombs, BingBong, Cindy Set My Hair On Fire

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
  Photo by Ellie Erickson.

Photo by Ellie Erickson.

The name BingBong doesn't really give you a lot of clues as to what a band is offering, but the Madison quartet's amiable, unpretentious hooks connect. Pam Barrett and Danny Hicks' largely clean-toned guitars give the songs a jangly feel, with a little bit of overdriven power-pop kick reinforced by bassist Julie Kiland and drummer Brian Bentley. Barrett's lead vocals achieve a similar balance of well-crafted, unforced melody and bite. (Barrett's previous band, The Motor Primitives, was often compared to the Pretenders, and BingBong also acknowledge their music has an "early '80s vibe.") The band recently released two singles, "Tangled" and "It's Complicated." Both are from their debut album, Pop Restoration, due out in February on vinyl and CD. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: December 29
Tony Barba Quartet
Later Event: January 4
Magnolia (free)