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Tippy, Blank Thomas, Nadir Smith, Mr. Jackson (free)


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

Nadir Smith.

Two electronic artists from St. Louis make this bill an intriguing one. Nadir Smith, who previously performed under the name Biggie Stardust, makes ambient music that's as strange and dissociative as it is tranquil—expect a dynamic set that occasionally swerves into heavier territory. Blank Thomas' synth-driven music focuses more around bright melodies and brittle textures, but often manages to soothe as well. The recent collaborative track "Stuck In Half" combines the two artists' styles with an effect that's at once calming and disorienting. Two Madison artists join them here: R&B singer Mr. Jackson, and Spencer Bible's Tippy project in its solo-electronic form. —Scott Gordon