We were digging through our digital video vault and came across The Lone Bellow at the Stoughton Opera House in December of 2014. This particular show was just before their album “Then Came the Morning” produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner was released. The band returns to Madison this week.
Mackenzie Scott of Torres
FRZN Fest, the annual Madison nod to all things frigid, commenced on opening night with a bang. The four band line-up headlined by Torres was one of the stronger nights of the three-day festival.
DUSK in Madison at the Frequency
DUSK is the new project from Amos Pitsch who is best known as the guitarist and songsmith for punkish Appleton, Wisconsin DIY rockers Tenement. We’ve been listening to the Bandcamp demo sessions from Dusk since January. Pitsch has always been a prolific songwriter as evidenced by Tenement’s recent critically acclaimed double LP. Dusk leans more soulful alternative country with a Byrds\Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers vibe. “Stones in your Casserole” is our favorite track from the demos and could be the kissin’ cousin of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards‘ “Dead Flowers.”
Mitski at The Frequency
Mitski Miyawski brought her caravan of guitar-centric friends to Madison for an exceptionally strong bill that included Palehound and fellow New Yorkers PWR BTTM. Casting a spell over the audience with a commanding stage presence, Mitski stands confidently playing a bright pink Dean bass as her deeply personal lyrics pierce the humid club air. It’s like Mitski could burn a hole in the floor with her gaze. Focused and determined she engages the crowd.
Hypatia, the Greek mathematician/philosopher and Trichotillomania, the hair pulling disorder are not the usual subjects of a college indie-rock band song repertoire. Leave it to Madison upstarts Trophy Dad to keep the lyrics intriguing and the melodies accessible.