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.
The inaugural Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival will put Wisconsin on the alternative leaning map Friday and Saturday. The two day extravaganza featuring headliners Bon Iver, The National, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens and 38 other artists is one of the largest independent music festivals to ever grace the Badger State.
“It’s Okay to Feel Lonely, It’s Okay to Feel Wanted”
The theme for Toothtaker’s inaugural zine sets the tone for an influx of graphics, commentary and music. Editors Claire Nelson-Lifson, Aiki Coxhead and Mary Begley are the co-conspirators in an effort to contribute to Madison’s creative inertia. A supplemental compilation cassette tape accompanies the first issue of Toothtaker that includes a cross section of independent bands including many Wisconsin musicians.
John Statz calls Denver, Colorado home these days, but it wasn’t long ago he was part of the emerging Madison singer-songwriter community. He still collaborates with Jeffrey Foucault who just produced John's latest album Tulsa.
”John writes songs you can’t shake,” says Foucault. ”They follow you around all day and run through your head at 3 a.m. Open hearted, horizon-line songs.”
A penchant for Parks and Recreation with songs about pet mosquitoes? Only Milwaukee garage rockers The Rashita Joneses could pull this off. The trio has melded together the perfect combination of guitars, wit and basement neophyte production for their first single "Mosquito."
The video is a rollicking fisheye lense view of a day in the life of the band, complete with input from the Tidy Bowl man and a trashed apartment that looks like the aftermath of party central. It's all part of the debut EP from the band due out in March.