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Tippy, Early Eyes, Earthman, Squarewave

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)


Wisconsin band Squarewave have played a few shows since releasing last year's long-in-the-works album A Tighter Knot, but this will be the first chance in a good while to hear their panoramic psych-rock on a really good soundsystem. And that matters with the sets founding members Jeff Jagielo and Patrick Connaughty (both on vocals and guitar) have been playing in the band's current live lineup, with Dash Hounds members Alivia Kleinfeldt on bass and Brendan Manley on drums. A Tighter Knot's songs take cues from jangly indie-rock, krautrock, polished dream-pop, and sometimes even reggae. They're not ones to leave the details or the gear behind in the studio. Bringing it across live involves Jagielo and Connaughty managing a collective barge-load of guitar pedals and a lot of sonic finesse, and Kleinfeldt's backing vocals add another welcoming nuance that wasn't on the record. Madison band Earthman's recent debut EP, Fire Night, is just as varied in its way, but sounds more tormented as it tosses between warped electronics, post-punk gloom, and dark pop grandeur. —Scott Gordon

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