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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Rock
    Underculture - Underculture

    Underculture - Underculture

    Underculture
    Underculture
    Label: Undercultured Records

    From the crusty garage rock ‘n’ roll underbelly of Madison comes this punk-a-billy trio. They flippantly flaunt their scruffy, old-age flourishes while resting on pumped up beats and mental quagmires.


    Vulgar Pang - The Memoirs of Don Juan Gacy

    Vulgar Pang - The Memoirs of Don Juan Gacy

    Vulgar Pang
    The Memoirs of Don Juan Gacy
    Label: Rock Garden

    Appleton hosts this powerful and intense metal force. Whether pleading, crooning or powering out, the raspy clean vocals lead the way for a display of amazing musical diversity and depth.

    Vulgar Pang Website

    Gomers - Mike Zirkel

    Gomers - Mike Zirkel

    Gomers
    Mike Zirkel
    Label: Beeftone

    Beloved hometown Madison quirk-nauts spew forth a beguiling array of witty song spins. From utilizing every town in Wisconsin as lyrical fodder to showcasing such guest musicians as Adrian Belew and Robert Fripp, they delight and frolic in the asinine as well as the sublime.

    The Gomers WebsiteThe Gomers Wiki

    EOTO - Razed

    EOTO - Razed

    EOTO
    Razed
    Label: Sci Fidelity Records

    Funky swirls of patterned rhythms bump and repel through electronic sound-scapes that fly free with an air of jam-tronic completion and trip-hop contemplation. Jason Hann and Michael Travis (of STRING CHEESE INCIDENT) are the synthesizing musical musculature that weaves this craft to consciousness. Live, they are 100% improvisational, creating a unique experience nightly.

    EOTO WebsiteEOTO Wiki

    Future Lisa - Clone

    Future Lisa - Clone

    Future Lisa
    Clone
    Label: Future Noise Records

    Although occasionally accompanied by others, the vision of this Minneapolis rock n roll outfit is inspired, delivered and directed by one die hard woman flaunting affections for vaudevillian flairs amidst spoken poetry/vocals and life story rock rants.

    Future Lisa Website

    Schoolyard Heroes - Abominations

    Schoolyard Heroes - Abominations

    Schoolyard Heroes
    Abominations
    Label: Stolen Transmission

    Pummeling soliloquies of the disturbed that are frayed at the ends and don’t meet the musical quota of most genres. Often rebuking like a caged creature, the female vocals pry at the listeners sanity while questioning the paradigms of societal structure and norms.

    Schoolyard Heroes WebsiteSchoolyard Heroes Wiki

    Stealin Strings - Waves

    Stealin Strings - Waves

    Stealin Strings
    Waves
    Label: Hot Dog Records

    With a new bassist under their belt, these rising rockin’ bluegrass pompadours are once again making their way through the festival circuit this summer. They were the only band I noticed at Bella Sol that was given the opportunity due to their versatility, depth of sound and song content to play a set on the main stage plus an acoustic set on the tent stage.

    Stealin Strings Website

    Burning Brides - Anhedonia

    Burning Brides - Anhedonia

    Burning Brides
    Anhedonia
    Label: CobraSide Distribution

    A hard rockin’ trio pumping out a flavorful spin on heavy alternative rock with a heavy hand in the low end grooves and a droning swagger filled with post punk angst and profound awareness. “Anhedonia” means the inability to gain pleasure from enjoyable experiences.

    Burning Brides WebsiteBurning Brides Wiki

    Dengue Fever - Venus On Earth

    Dengue Fever - Venus On Earth

    Dengue Fever
    Venus On Earth
    Label: M80 Music

    Have you been searching for 60’s retro Cambodian pop rock with a psychedelic slur and female vocals? Then look no further than this flamboyant Los Angeles-based group to fulfill your need!

    Dengue Fever WebsiteDengue Fever Wiki

    Lauren Harris - Calm Before The Storm

    Lauren Harris - Calm Before The Storm

    Lauren Harris
    Calm Before The Storm
    Label: DR2 Records

    Surprisingly tame, straight forward and stereotypical “chick” rock from the daughter of legendary Iron Maiden bassist, Steve Harris. I was really hoping for a lot more.

    Lauren Harris WebsiteLauren Harris Wiki

    Legendary Shack Shakers - Swampblood

    Legendary Shack Shakers - Swampblood

    Legendary Shack Shakers
    Swampblood
    Label: Yep Rock Records

    Wailing hillbilly psycho swamp rock with a gothic snicker and a bluesy swagger showing off the strange and soulful American South. This is the third and final installment of the “Tentshow Trilogy.” Git sum!

    Legendary Shack Shakers WebsiteLegendary Shack Shakers Wiki

    Mike Zito - Today

    Mike Zito - Today

    Mike Zito
    Today
    Label: Eclecto Groove Records

    Soulful bluesy roots rock combined with pop singer/songwriter mischief. Zito got into music at an early age and has a veteran attitude to compliment. The vocal delivery strikes me as having a Dave Matthews-ish sashay layered in an adult-contemporary musical playground.

    Mike Zito Website

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