The Furious Bongos - photo by Andrew Frey
I haven’t found the time to crank much Frank Zappa these days, so the chance to see the debut of the local tribute band The Furious Bongos ripping out a bunch of Zappa tunes was not to be missed. 10 dedicated musicians flooded the stage at the High Noon Saloon on May 11 and provided the mostly older male audience at hand a cessation for their musical sophistication and eccentricities with delightful Frank Zappa rhythms, technicality, melodies and humor. Headed and directed by Conrad St. Clair (bass) and Biff Blumfumgagnge (violin, guitar, vocals) the Furious Bongos are sailing strong after their maiden voyage. www.facebook.com/TheFuriousBongos
Har Mar Super Star took the Majestic Theater stage on 4/11 on the first date on his newest tour with poise, style and a calm sense of placement. The well chosen selection of mostly Sam Cooke covers that he performed with his band were simply a lot of fun. He and his band are enjoying the evolution into a lounge-y legacy.
Magic Sword, formed in 2013, is a trio of electronic musicians from Boise, ID. Comprised of The Keeper (red, keyboard, audio-visual), The Seer (blue, guitar), and The Weaver (yellow, drums) this group is known for wearing cloaks and masks during their performances, so as not to reveal their faces or bodies. Their throwback synth driven electronica is the perfect companion to any epic adventure or comic book soundtrack. Find out what this Magic Sword will conjure when they appear at High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI on 6/14. www.magicswordmusic.com
This Month's Rating Scale is from 1 is Pedestrian thru 10 is Effulgent
Brownout - Fear of a Brown Planet
Album title: Fear of a Brown Planet
Record Label: Fat Beats Records
After two awesome retooled Black Sabbath themed releases, this 9-piece award winning Austin, TX offshoot of Grupo Fantasma, brings us a heavy Latin funk and soul tapestry of blazing grooves and horn filled rhythms in this play on Public Enemy’s 1990 hip-hop classic Fear of a Black Planet. Woot!
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Ginkgoa - One Time
Album title: One Time
Record Label: Self Released
What happens when invigorating electro swing gets infused with trap, house and future bass sounds? In such a space, a myriad of tempting time tried dance crazes fly together in an explosive experiment of sound and energy. This France-based duo further enhances the mix when vocalist and front-woman Nicolle Rochelle unleashes her talents. Irresistible! Appearing 7/14 & 7/15 at LaFete De Marquette. Appearing 7/14 & 7/15 at LaFete De Marquette.
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Melvins - Pinkus Abortion Technician
Album title: Pinkus Abortion Technician
Record Label: Ipecac Records
Formed in Aberdeen/Montesano, WA in 1983, the Melvins have been spewing weirdo wisdom and sludgy psychedelic shenanigans ever since. Featuring both Steven McDonald (Redd Kross, OFF!) and Butthole Surfers’, Jeff Pinkus on bass this time around brings new elements to the surface. Pinkus Abortion Technician is a solid foray into the twisted minds and rhythms of this ongoing phenomena. Come see the King Buzzo crew with me on 7/30 at High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI. (8) www.themelvins.net
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The Glitch Mob - See Without Eyes
Album title: See Without Eyes
Record Label: Glass Air
This Los Angeles trio of artists, Boreta, edIT, and Ooah have produced seminal elements of the electronic sonic experience since their beginnings in 2006. It has been 4 years since their last acclaimed release (their 2nd LP, Love Death Immortality, debuted #13 on Billboard 200 album chart and No. 1 on iTunes electronic chart). Driven now by their own label, Glass Air, their sound remains recognizable, but with a fair amount of experimental elements among their signature punctual electro synths and swollen bass lines. Showing off several great collaborators, including REZZ, Illenium, and Tula, the release has many facets to explore. I am excited to see them at The Sylvee in Madison, WI on 10/10!
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