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Vacation, Cool Building, Dumb Vision, Miyha (free)

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

Cincinnati band Vacation makes effusive, scrappy, and amiably blasted-out rock. At its best, their newly released double album Southern Grass: The Continuation Of Rock 'N' Roll Vol. 1 & 2 weds sharp and joyful melodies with a noisy, slightly chaotic aesthetic, and every so often show off a nastier punk streak. Vacation also has a Madison connection—it put out a cassette version of its 2015 EP Non-Person with local label Rare Plant. Here they share the bill with a strong showing of Madison bands. Cool Building is a new project that guitarist/vocalist Claire Nelson-Lifson (Proud Parents) and drummer/vocalist Heather Sawyer (The Hussy, Proud Parents, Heather The Jerk) started as an outlet for songs that didn't fit within their other bands—"a lot of the material is less poppy and a little bit weirder and darker than Proud Parents," Nelson-Lifson says. Madison garage-punk outfit Dumb Vision has its own very enjoyable take on the union of noise and melody, and Miyha unites keen pop instincts with weighty sadness. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: September 18
Com Truise, Nosaj Thing, Cleopold
Later Event: September 19
Nick Mazzarella & Tomeka Reid