Madcity Nights - February 2017

Show previews in and around Madison
by Max Ink
February 2017

Chicago's The Claudettes

Chicago's The Claudettes

White Lies
with VOWWS

Tuesday, February 7 @ 8 pm
Majestic Theater

Slick British wizards, White Lies’ brooding synth-pop pomp sets the time machine back several decades for lush air-brushed anthems sure to stir new romantic yearnings and crack vacuum-packed passions. Industrial pop duo Vowws completes this savvy, radical retro-techno line-up. by John Noyd  

Cloud Nothings
with Moon Bros

Thursday, February 9 @ 8 pm
High Noon Saloon

Cleveland’s careening Cloud Nothings return to Madison’s High Noon for another round of combustible indie-rock hustle. The recent, “Life Without Sound.” promises a stealth-bomber set-list with swift, grease-lightning riffs delivering gutsy buzz-saw ragers. Chicago avant-folk picker Moon Bros start the fun. by John Noyd

Les Cougars V-Day Show
Tuesday, February 14 @ 8pm
High Noon Saloon

The annual Les Cougars Valentine’s Day show is the place to be to celebrate V-Day. Madison’s caburlesque group will be paying an homage to their our favorite icons who passed in 2016 like Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Pete Burns, Leonard Cohen as well as skits in memoriam of great actors that have passed. by Rökker

Tip: VIP tables include champagne and chocolate

Dead Horse Trauma with
Ultrea, Starfoxx,
Breech, Desolate

Friday, Febraury 17 @ 7 PM
The Red Zone

I’m not even sure I’ve heard of a “Triple CD Release” party before… but here we have one and it’s full of METAL! Madison’s metallers Ultrea are releasing their aptly titled CD “The End of Illusion” and will be celebrating along with Starfoxx. Orchard Records artists Dead Horse Trauma will headline the show as they are out on tour promoting their February release of their new CD called Life. by Rökker

Tip: must be 18 to get in and 21+ to drink

The Claudettes
Friday, February 17
Knuckledown Saloon

Since late 2010, Johnny Iguana has been recording and touring with his Chicago based, burlesque-blues band the Claudettes. Johnny’s career started in New York City at age 22 when he was hired by blues legend Junior Wells and other blues greats like Carey Bell, Koko Taylor, and Lil’ Ed to name a few. Johnny’s abusive organ tones and a highly rhythmic, very “in-the-moment” piano style sounds like no one else. by Rökker

Hamilton Leithauser
with Lucy Dacus

Friday, February 17
High Noon Saloon

Ying-yang doppelgangers in brave estrangement, Leithauser’s urban-folk floats in corrosive atonements while Dacus’ dark, sensual voice embodies soul-searching uncertainty with tender blues-rock empathy. Hamilton and Lucy both hit many a best of lists last year, so arrive early to catch it all.
by John Noyd

The Getaway Drivers
with Ember’s Night

Saturday, February 18 @ 6 PM
Bos Meadery

EMBER’S NIGHT is female-fronted symphonic metal, THE GETAWAY DRIVERS are Americana with multiple singers and the sweet voice of Iris Hutchings and amazing guitar of Greg Thornburg. Mead has a higher alcohol percentage than beer so I’d like to go just to see the beardo fans of each style mix it up, when the braided beards of headbangers take on the big Grizzly Adams Americana boys! by Mike Huberty

Colony House
with Deep Sea Dive
Saturday, February 18 @ 8:30 pm
The Frequency

Fresh off their sophomore disc, “Only The Lonely,” Colony House’s alt-rock shakedowns scale Orbison heights spiking potent locomotion with fiery optimism.  Jessica Dobson, who has played with The Shins, Beck and Spoon brings her band Deep Sea Diver to the party. by John Noyd

with Psychic Twin

Friday, February 24 @ 9 pm
Majestic Theater

Last November, STFKR’s, “Being No One, Going Nowhere,” rolled out a red carpet of mirror-ball hospitality; synth-pinched, blue-eyed boogie inviting groovy rendezvous for seventies skinny-tie refugees. Nicely paired with cyber-icy Psychic Twin’s lusty robo-soul seductions for a kinky kick-off to a steamy weekend. by John Noyd

Mono in Stereo
with Avenues, Turnspit,
Cats On Leashes

Saturday, February 25
The Frequency

Classic-style Midwestern Power-Pop with Rockford’s MONO IN STEREO. The former guys from MULLIGAN STU and THE SHAKES mix the noisy punk influences of Hüsker Dü and 7 Seconds with the blue-collar honesty of The Boss. AVENUES is Brew City punk rock and CATS ON LEASHES has song titles like “Alligator Handjob” and “Butt Stuff” (American Dad reference?), do you think you want to miss that? by Mike Huberty

The Charity Jamboree
Saturday, March 4 @ 3 PM
High Noon Saloon
The Brink Lounge

Support three charities while listening to some great Madison bands like The People Brothers Band (hosts of the event), The Grasshoppers, WheelHouse, The Lower 5th, Beth Kille Band, Smokin’ Bandits and more! All proceeds donated to the WI Chapter of the National MS Society, The American Diabetes Assoc., and The UW Carbone Cancer Center. by Rökker

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