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Alvvays, Slow Pulp at Memorial Union Terrace
October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Photo: Alvvays are shown posing in front of a window. Trees and greenery are visible through the background pane. Photo by Eleanor Petry.
Nothing quite like a bit of tasteful indie pop to get everyone excited for… a collegiate homecoming? Nonetheless, when the standard being set is this absurdly high, no one should complain. Slow Pulp—a Chicago quartet who once called Madison home—will kick off a free bill at the Terrace, setting the stage for Canadian critical darlings Alvvays‘ headlining set. Alvvays will be appearing fresh off the release of Blue Rev, an unexpected career high from a band that’s maintained a high standard of excellence since breaking into international consciousness with their 2013 hit “Archie, Marry Me.”
Slow Pulp’s last release, the standalone 2021 single “Shadow,” saw the band continuing to experiment with their distinct take on indie punk, leaning into a mid-fi, early-2000s alternative rock aesthetic to arresting effect. Having seen them recently, I can say with confidence that their live show has never been sharper or more energetic and should be a perfect complement to Alvvays’ pristine (but still highly engaging!) professionalism. Should the weather decide to not cooperate, the show will be moved into the Wisconsin Union Theater. Rain or shine, the caliber of this bill constitutes one of the best free live music opportunities Madison showgoers will get this year.
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