As we are out here doing the festival thing, it only makes sense to also share some tunes that align with a lot of things we are seeing this weekend. This new tune, “Androgynous”, from Madison, WI based Interlay seems like it’s something we might hear from an opening band on Red River during Levitation. I love the loudness, frantic energy, and overall tightness of production from such a young band. Ya dig.
My Wisconsin based pals in Disq are really looking like they’ll be releasing one of my top albums of the year in the next few weeks. We’ve already released one banger of a single from the upcoming album, with now another one entitled “The Hardest Part” dropping today. I love this band’s ability to show a clear alt-rock, sort of Midwest inspiration with these delicate hints of shoegaze and emotion for a remarkable sound, truly their own. You’ll definitely want to go ahead and pre-order the new album, Desperately Imagining Someplace Quiet, coming out on October 7th via Saddle Creek. It’s stunning.
If for some reason you are still sleeping on Wisconsin based indie risers Disq, it’s time for you to start paying attention to what’s happening in the music world. Today the band is adding yet another banger to their repertoire with this stunning new single “(With Respect To) Loyal Serfs”. I often throw around that word “banger” when referring to songs that are full of energy and let loose, but I wish my slow moving brain today could think of an even better adjective to convey the sheer joy I’m feeling from this guitar heavy indie rocker. Just check it out and enjoy.
Disq will release new album Desperately Imagining Someplace Quiet on October 7th via Saddle Creek.
Madison, WI based band Disq has certainly been receiving a ton of praise around the interwebs for their early singles. And hey crazy thing, we were part of the hype back in March as we interviewed the band during SXSW! All that noise out of the way, I recommend you come aboard the Disq fan train by checking out this banging new single & accompanying video called “Daily Routine”. Though some may call it power pop, which sure, it is as its core, but I also hear some undertones of forward thinking 90s bands like POTUSOA or even Blur. It’s quite rad. They will also be returning again in March for SXSW so you’ll have a chance to see them again.
Drawing nearer to the weekend, we could all use a little jumpstart in our lives, so why not put on the new LP from Proud Parents today. It’s 13 tracks of power-pop goodness, both energetic and catchy, from start to finish. The band trade off lead vocalists between Claire, Heather and Tyler; they also all join in on each other’s song, leaving you with an album’s worth of sing-a-long hits that will keep your thirst satiated. If you love what you hear, check the stream below, then grab the whole self-titled LP from the good people at Dirtnap Records.
If you’re looking for a relaxing, easy to listen to tune for the weekend, I suggest you check out this new track “Old Magnolia” from Wisconsin based Dusk. The song clearly has some great country themes to it with a sort of meandering guitar, nicely harmonized vocals, and even a fiddle. I’m also enjoying this not too subtle video complete with monster trucks, gambling, and train tracks. This should be a great way to relax yourself into the weekend.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin is a long ways a way from Austin, but not too far away in terms of mindset: here, we call our city the Live Music Capital of the world, and in the Eau Claire is the Music Capital of the North. Nestled in the Chippewa Valley and overlooking the the river, we were treated to three days in the woods with 22,000 of our newly formed friends celebrating music, arts, and the spirit of the river valley. At the center of it all was the man who dreamed up such a festival: Justin Vernon, who, alongside Aaron Dessner, brought all of us together in essentially his backyard to experience something greater.
Read on for our recap of the inaugural Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival and see some pictures from the fest.