Good Madison events announced this week: GoldLink, Tashi Dorji, etc.

A few fresh events worth adding to your calendar.

A few fresh events worth adding to your calendar.




We’ve always got an eye on shows being announced in Madison. Here’s what stands out from the past week’s newly added events.

Aug. 4, High Noon Saloon: Pachinko. The smart-assed Madison noise-rock outfit has announced both this show and a new album set for release soon on Alternative Tentacles, State Your Grievances.

Aug. 31, Arts + Literature Laboratory: Dave Scanlon, Glassmen, Terran. We at Tone Madison are presenting this. Scanlon, a NYC-based guitarist who plays in the math-rock band Jobs, Will be playing here behind a new album of experimental solo pieces, Coupling Duet. Glassmen are an unsettling rock duo from Madison, and Terran is a solo outing from Terrance Barrett, guitarist of local psych-rock outfit Carbon Bangle.

Sept. 1, High Noon Saloon: Oxbow, RLYR, Coordinated Suicides. Bay Area outfit Oxbow recently released Thin Black Duke, their first album in 10 years. It’s a worthy addition to a 30-year run that has cut an eccentric but emotionally wrenching path across noise-rock and experimental music. The instrumental-rock outfit RLYR features members of Locrian and Pelican and former Russian Circles bassist Colin DeKuiper

Sept. 15, Arts + Literature Laboratory: Tashi Dorji and Tyler Damon. North Carolina guitarist Dorji and Bloomington, Indiana drummer Damon released a gorgeous and occasionally explosive improvised album in last year’s Both Will Escape. The duo’s live sets are magnetic and volatile, drawing on Dorji’s interest in everything from folk-guitar styles to abstract noise and Damon’s varied collaborations in jazz and avant-garde music.

Oct. 7, Majestic: GoldLink. The DC rapper’s music manages to feel heady, dense, and accessible all at once. He’ll be here behind a new album, At What Cost.

 Nov. 7, Kohl Center: Foo Fighters. Arena shows are a mixed bag, as is the Foo Fighters’ discography, but those first two albums are pretty damn sterling and reflexive Dave Grohl slagging has no place here. Onward and upward with what remains of acceptable mainstream rock!

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