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Venereal Crush, Louise Bock, Scaroth (free)

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

One of many projects of avant-music journeyman Bob Bucko Jr., Dubuque five-piece Venereal Crush play murky, improvised pieces that veer between free-jazz dissonance and cavernous, doom-y drone. Venereal Crush's Bandcamp catalog of inscrutably numbered albums and tracks offers a sampling of the scratchy but dynamic music the band creates with percussion, synth, bass, and guitar, but doesn't quite capture how loud and overpowering the live sets can get. Expect an improvised set that's as thoughtfully textured as it is unsettling. Venereal Crush shares the bill here with Louise Bock (the solo project of Spires That In The Sunset Rise member Taralie Peterson) and Madison noise project Scaroth. —Scott Gordon