When you think of “local acts” you may think of feedback-heavy guitar-rock bands jamming out in their garage to their neigbors’ dismay. While there will be plenty of loud this Wednesday, this edition of A.V. Club Local Wednesdays will be a departure from that perception. Problem Child and Golden Donna provide electronic gems that make the heart race and demand fancy footwork.
Problem Child could not be more aptly named, as their beats are playful but mischievous. The Madison duo seems to grasp the concept that most innovative artists didn’t get to where they were by behaving within the constructs of what people considered the “norms” of music Their debut tape, Finel Festesi, is self-described as “a ride through Gucci Man’s chains,” and with 16 tracks in 24 minutes it delivers brain-sticking hooks that don’t overstay their welcome. Check out their tracks at their Myspace.
If there was an act that could sum up the last quarter-century of music in an original song, it’s Golden Donna. Frantic futuristic beats are aided by 80′s-style synth with a pinch of 90′s ambient. Fans of Chicago juke artists will love the influence the genre’s had on mastermind Joel Shanahan, highlighted in songs like “Girlfriend Experience” from his February release, All Alone. Check out his bandcamp to get a taste.
So hit the Terrace and either sit back and lose yourself in hypnotic beats or get in front of the stage and do what you do. Check out videos of each act below and head over to the calendar to see what else the Terrace has to offer this summer.