Madcity Nights - April 2019

Previews of shows around the Madison area
by Max Ink
April 2019

Uli Jon Roth

Uli Jon Roth

Last Crack
Saturday, April 6, 8:00 PM
Willows Tavern, Waunakee

Last Crack debuts music from their upcoming release “The Up Rising” at an intimate show in Waunakee. The Madison rockers recently signed with EMP Label Group, owned by none other than Megadeth co-founder and bassist Dave Ellefson, and will release their first studio album in over 25 years. Eager to return to the music scene with a reunited lineup and new found energy, Last Crack is sure to sell out quick. By Tommy Rage

Durand Jones & the Indications
High Noon Saloon
Wednesday, April 10, 8:30 PM

Since coming together at Indiana University in 2012, Jones and his crew have developed into one of the most potent soul acts of the 21st century - with content that covers the sweet soul of the Notations, the Stax/Volt punch of the Dramatics, the aching rasp of Charles Bradley, and socially-conscious falsetto of Curtis Mayfield (delivered in stealth by drummer Aaron Frazer). “Morning In America” - the lead track and title of the group’s second album - already approaches the lyrical depth and significance of Mayfield and Marvin Gaye at their creative peaks. By Dave Leucinger

Uli Jon Roth
Wednesday, April 10, 8:00 PM
Shank Hall, Milwaukee

Uli Jon Roth, the influential former lead guitarist of the Scorpions, will be performing a three hour show with hard rock and neoclassical metal songs from his band Electric Sun and Scorpions. It has been over 30 years since Roth has played an Electric Sun show, and the last place Electric Sun played was in Milwaukee. Roth will be bringing a pair of his personally designed prototype Sky guitars with him, Excalibur and Lionheart, along with the first guitar he played in 1968. By Ethan Duran


Ex Hex w/ Moaning + Proud Parents
Thursday, April 11, 8:30 PM
High Noon Saloon

Some music is made to be heard live. The sly, riled, Ex Hex makes that kind of joyful sound, throwing down cheeky greaser grooves cruising two-fisted riffs, with double-daring bliss and withering action-packed wit. Add L.A.‘s powerhouse Moaning and locals Proud Parents and it’s Madison’s rockingest spring-fling shindig. By John Noyd

Girlpool w/ Hatchie + Claud
Wednesday, April 17, 8:00 PM
High Noon Saloon

Girlpool’s shiny, topical, open-hearted indie-pop attracts catchy melodies built from solid thoughts and lovelorn subplots. Lo-fi DIY darlings, last year’s, “What Chaos is Imaginary,” brought larger resources and an impressive professionalism. Aussie Hatchie and Brooklynite Claud mine similar literate issues for a double dose of delightful insights. By John Noyd

VO5 w/ Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal
+ Hot Oil Dancers
Friday, April 19, 8:00 PM
Barrymore Theatre

This combination proved to be an amazing performance headlining AtwoodFest 2018. VO5, Madison’s very own supergroup will be joined again by Josh Hoyer and his amazing band from Lincoln, Nebraska. Many of you may know Josh as a finalist from NBC’s The Voice. Josh Hoyer is a talented singer and keys player. Dance the night away. By Rökker

Honor Among Thieves with Raine Stern Band, Dearth
North Street Cabaret
Saturday, April 20, 8:00 PM

A cross-generation showcase of pyrotechnic guitarists is the treat here, with Andy Ewen’s decades of blues-rock wizardry as Honor Among Thieves’ shaman matched against the rising mystique of gospel/soul rocker Raine Stern. By Dave Leucinger

Priests w/ Gurr
Thursday, April 25, 8:30 PM
Touring for their brand spanking new, “The Seduction of Kansas,” the sharp, smart Priests broker outspoken glam; bewitching electro-indie rock front-loaded in corrosive spunk and defiant desires. It’ll grip your hips and jog your noggin. Show up early for Berliner duo Gurr’s enchanting garage-rock dream-pop. By John Noyd

Son Volt w/ Ian Noe
Friday, April 26, 9:00PM
Majestic Theater

Through good times and bad, indie-country icons Son Volt write pertinent songs detailing the joys and sorrows people inflict on each other. Reflecting on today’s divisive issues, their latest, “Union,” open wounds and clear skeletons with exacting compassion. Kentucky troubadour Ian Noe opens the clear-eyed, lyrical evening. By John Noyd

BarleyPop Live: Show One
Help Desk, Schmoolio, Not Dead Yet
Saturday, April 27 at 6 PM
BarleyPop
121 W. Main Street

This show welcomes the new venue BarleyPop Live to the Madcity Music Scene! This show also features two CD releases and a beer release tapping a keg of “Ctrl+Alt+Wheat”, a collaboraton with Working Draft Beer Company and Help Desk. By Rökker

Motionless In White w/ Atreyu, Wilson
Saturday, April 27,  8:00 PM
The Sylvee

New Metalcore, blended with the drama of gothic–metal, along with pop-punk elements, Motionless In White creates a dark and theatric sound. Combining a choreographed stage show along with a robust sound, these dark high energy rockers bring a full night of great metal. Atreyu opens, and Wilson stealing the spotlight with their loveable 90’s nostalgic dump truck full of fun. By Tommy Rage

Delicate Steve w/ Fascinator
Tuesday, April 30, 8:00 PM
High Noon Saloon

Rave on pedalboard overlords and digital soul-sisters when day-glo provosts Delicate Steve greets, tweaks and peaks, beaming funky future-rock into the arms of modern-day prog-pop with majestic electricity and intergalactic bombast. The lava-lamp jams begin with Fascinator running psychedelic metal through digital hippie head-trips. By John Noyd

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