It’s that time of year, again – when the indie acts that have gotten the most buzz over the last year make their way through the Midwest to play a certain festival in Chicago. Whether you’re among those heading down to the fest and its after-shows in or not, you can benefit its existence right here in Madison. The Terrace has been lucky enough to be a stop that many of the acts love making on their way up or down I-90 (technically “up-west” or “down-east,” if you like). As a result, we’ve been able to bring you our free Madfork Festival for four year’s now. I’m happy to report that this year’s will be a doozie.
Milk Music will kick off the action on Thursday at 8:30 p.m., followed by Dent May and Lotus Plaza. Friday’s show starts 9:30 p.m., where Minnesota’s Night Moves will lead off and Wild Nothing will keep the night rocking. For descriptions of each band, keep reading. And also create your own…
…as you go along! Four of the five bands were kind enough to send along mp3′s for you to download and jam to in the days leading up to the festival, while Wild Nothing sent along a stream of a track from their upcoming album. That should keep you busy until Thursday. Enough jabbering, let’s get to it!
Thursday, 8:30 p.m. start
Lotus Plaza (10:50 p.m.)
Guitarist for Deerhunter by day, multi-intstrumentalist Lockett Pundt brings his shoegaze solo project to Madison. Lotus Plaza’s sophomore LP, Spooky Action at a Distance, evokes feelings of floating through a dream through echoing, driving guitars. The album has received massive critical acclaim, labeled ‘Best New Music’ by Pitchfork and securing them a spot in Pitchfork Music Festival.
Dent May (9:40 p.m.)
Dent May won’t be pigeon-holed, as he showed with his recent follow-up to 2009′s The Good Feeling of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele. Absent of the “magnificent ukulele” altogether, Do Things trades in the sparse, intimate instrumentation of its predecessor for dancey beats and synths. Released on Animal Collective’s ‘Paw Tracks’ label, the two albums both feature May’s fantastic, dreamy harmonies.
Download>> Dent May – “Best Friend” from Do Things
Milk Music (8:30 p.m.)
Milk Music may be a young quartet from Washington, but someone may want to check if they made some kind of time-leap from the 80′s punk scene. Howls, cymbal crashes, and fuzzy chords dominate their power-packed tunes. They have been identified as “Rising” by Pitchfork, and the fact that the pressing of their lone studio release thus far – the Beyond Living EP - has sold out makes their future debut LP a highly-anticipated release.
Friday, 9:30 p.m. start
Wild Nothing (10:40 p.m.)
2012 has been filled with some great music, but that hasn’t stopped people from anxiously awaiting Wild Nothing’s sophomore effort, Nocturne, which drops in August. Alumni of last year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, the shoegaze act of Jack Tatum received Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” label for their first LP, Gemini. The debut was beautifully melancholic, putting critics in a daze that guided their hand in writing rave reviews. Fans of the Smiths will appreciate Tatum’s sulky vocals, the melodic bass-lines, and the jangly guitars.
Stream “Shadow” from Wild Nothing’s upcoming album Nocturne, out August 28th.
Night Moves (9:30 p.m.)
When Domino Records (Animal Collective, Arctic Monkeys, Hot Chip) caught wind of this Minneapolis band, they snatched them up quicker than you can say “Shakopee.” Their AM Gold-ready single “Headlights” has given fans a taste of the versatility of the band, blending soulful lyrics with weepy southern-rock guitars, harmonica, synth, and a tom-heavy, infectious beat. Don’t be fooled, however; we know from Night Moves’ show in the Sett this last spring that the band has some barn-burners in their arsenal as well. There’s every reason to believe that Night Moves’ future full-length debut, Colored Emotions, will make waves when it drops on October 9th.