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Thundercat, Saco & Uno

  • Majestic 115 King Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Bass virtuoso, songwriter, singer, and Flying Lotus/Kendrick Lamar collaborator Thundercat's approach to funk and fusion is a shining example of how to take from the past without cheapening it. On records like this year's Drunk, Thundercat studies rather than steals. His songs carefully recreate past forms of funk, but are also infused with a sort of postmodern anxiety and metafiction that makes them thoroughly contemporary and striking. Take "Show You The Way," a collaboration with Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins. There's something slightly off on the track, a jam between different generations and stars. Whether it's the slightly cold synth or the awkward golf-clap introducing the artists, it's clear that as far as these artists try to retreat into the good parts of the past, there's no escaping the reality of the present. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber

Earlier Event: September 19
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Later Event: September 19
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