Eclectic Vibes - March 2018

by Andrew Frey

Mike Love

Mike Love

Start clowning around! Puddles Pity Party time is upon us and I am elated to have the opportunity to see and experience the amazing “7’ tall” golden voiced clown again. Judging from his continuously populated YouTube channel, Puddles has started playing guitar and upped his repertoire to include versions and mashups of everything from Dio to Pixies to Pink Floyd to ABBA and more! Find out what he will bring to the the stage on 3/22 at Barrymore Theater in Madison, WI and 3/25 at Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, WI, and 3/29 at Meyer Theater in Green Bay, WI.

Although he undeniably plays reggae, there is so much more to Mike Love’s music than that. This spiritually awakened Hawaiian born musical healer infuses his compositions with looping and subtle electronic enhancements that create an enchantingly full and vibrant overall sound that is as memorable as it is powerful. Awaken to the depths of his diversity on 3/8 at High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI with Jungle Man Sam.

Moody and moving, Random Rab brings something different to the electronic playground with his most recent release Formless Edge. Utilizing a wide plethora of instruments and instrumentation he creates intricate and entrancing soundscapes with thought provoking rhythms to delight your ears on many levels. Experience this emotional electronic outpouring on 3/7 at Shank Hall in Milwaukee, WI and 3/9 at High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI with Edamame, Dudley Noon.

This Colorado trio just keeps climbing the list of my favorite bands!  When I saw them at Shangri La Festival in 2017 they pumped out some of the best groove laden funktronica I have heard to date and after playing at numerous festivals and venues last year including Red Rocks, their popularity just keeps skyrocketing. I’ve played their most recent EP, Deluxe, so many times that the neighbors probably think I’m in the band! Get down and get shakin’ on 3/16 at High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI with Beak Nasty.

This Month's Rating Scale is from 1 is Dead Engine thru 10 is Full Throttle

Datsik - Master of Shadows

Datsik - Master of Shadows


Album title: Master of Shadows
Record Label: Firepower Records
Rating: 9

Ninja dubstep DJ and producer Datsik is back on the attack with a fast punching EP set to take the scene by storm!  This high velocity release features collaborations with Excision, Dion Timmer, Virtual Riot, Ganja White Night and J Phelpz, so there is a lot of range and diversity within the spotlight. A great way to set your spring on fire! (9) Don your kimono and come experience his Ninja Nation tour on 3/13 at Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI with Space Jesus, Riot Ten and Carbin.

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Don Diablo - Future

Don Diablo - Future

Don Diablo

Album title: Future
Record Label: Hexagon
Rating: 10

For his second studio album, the highly ranked, hit spinning, widely regarded Dutch DJ Don Diablo dishes out a sizzling selection of anthems and dance floor smashes that for years to come are destined to be shaking everything from house parties to the main stages of the many festivals he has graduated to. Released on his own Hexagon label, this freshly dressed musical force also offers up his self designed merchandise to go along with Hexagon and the new Future to dominate stylistically as well as musically. Top knotch!

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