“Come and see why the Terrace is our absolute FAVORITE place to play in the whole wide world.” We couldn’t have pitched it better than Steez already did on their Facebook earlier this week. Let’s return the support by getting funky with their “creepfunk” music this Saturday night.
Steez has been gaining recognition through competitions that land them stages such as the 2008 Summer Camp and Rothbury Festival. They have even performed at the Mifflin Street Block Party of 2011, where saxophonist Andrzej Benkowski covered “Like a Prayer” by Madonna. Their debut album has also been recently nominated for Home Grown Music Network’s album of the year. With all of this praise, the music behind it must be worthy of a performance on The Terrace.
Certainly their sound is full of funk, but with the addition of electronic instruments, their music has a psychedelic twist. This intriguing combination can be heard in songs “Three Man Weave” or “Brown Lights.” To add to their great music, they also have quirky personalities which are interwined into their songs. For instance, the first video that pops up on their website is “S my D” (Scott Walker remix). It’s a protest song with a groove.
When seen live, Steez has moments where the band is purely enjoying the music they are creating- especially when each instrument goes solo. Witness their tantalizing, funky beats this Saturday starting at 9:30. I’ll leave you with a fun fact: The word “Steez” is defined as the combination of style & ease by Urbandictionary. What a perfect description of the band themselves.
Download or preview Steez’s “Three Man Weave” below. It comes from their latest album KRONOS, which you can download for the price of your choosing over at their bandcamp.
Tonight the Terrace features three relatively local acts, including a recent expatriate of Madison, Jeremiah Nelson.
In 2008, Jeremiah’s band The Achilles Heel put out the album Take Me Down the Interstate. After the band split up, Nelson followed up with a well-accepted solo EP, Drugs to Make You Sober With a raw, honky tonk sound, Nelson definitely brings a unique sound to the Madison music scene. In its year-end Best of Madison Records list, A.V. Club called the title track to Drugs to Make You Sober “stunning,” with a “clickety-clack percussion leading listeners through the wandering intro and into perhaps the most powerful, arresting chorus you’re likely to hear this year.” Check out that title track and download the album for the price of your choice at Nelson’s bandcamp. Nelson recently relocated to Minnesota, so tonight’s show will be a great (and free) homecoming.
Also playing this Thursday night is Cedarwell, a band from Sheboygan. With his Iron & Wine appearance and Justin Vernon aura, Erik Neave has surely attracted a strong Wisconsin following. Cedarwell is a perfect example of a great Wisconsin folk act. “We’re starting to believe that there really is something lurking over the grassy hills and slipping through the tree trunks and foliage of rural Wisconsin that unhinges a man’s soul, just a little bit more than other hills, tree trunks and foliage,” Daytrotter said in their description that accompanied Cedarwell’s session. Traditionally, Cedarwell is a three-man band, but Neave will often fly solo, and even put out his own self-titled album in 2003. The band’s recent 2010 album, A Stone, A Leaf, A Door, (also available for preview at bandcamp)was received well by the alt-folk community. We can only hope that Cedarwell will obtain the same success that Bon Iver has.
Last but not least is Chants. The solo project of Mama Digdown’s Brass Band’s bass drummer, Jordan Cohen, you’d never guess this talented artist was in a funk-and-jazz outfit by hearing Chants’ music. The title track from the May-released Night After EP draws comparisons to James Blake and Jamie Lidell. Check it out at Chants’ bandcamp. It’s definitely worth your time.
Come on down to the Terrace for great music tonight. Check out Nelson’s “Nothing to Lose” video below.
Steez, by definition, means style with ease. Is there a better way to describe Madison’s very own self-defined Creepfunk band? I think not. Steez started up in 2003 and consists of five members: Matt Williams (keyboards/ synthesizers/ accordion), Steve Neary (guitar and vocals), Rob Bessert (drums), Chris Sell (bass), and Andrzej Benkowski (sax, oboe, and violion). Over the past few years, the band has gained national recognition, having performed at some of the finest music festivals in the country, such as Summer Camp, Summerfest, Electric Forest, and we can’t forget Mifflin last spring, where they played a most excellent cover of Madonna’s Like a Prayer (now that’s pretty steezy!). If you haven’t had a chance to hear them play yet, the quintet is a combination jam-dance-funk band (with a twang of something unearthly) that bleeds both personality and originality… So, they’re pretty much nothing short of mind-blowing.
Oh, and guess what? In an effort to spread their lovely music to the masses, the band is touring the Midwest this winter and spring in their exquisite bus “Big Brown” (you can’t miss it) and is offering free electronic copies of their albums released this year, including KRONOS- their first new album in three years- due in the spring.
So, come check them out in our DTF (Dance This Friday) series at midnight at Union South fo’ free, because opportunities like this are just too good to pass up!
Download a live version of Steez’s “Duderfunk” below as a preview of what you’re in for tomorrow!
It may be hard to believe after this last week of sub-freezing temperatures, but Terrace season is just around the corner. We’re excited to announce that one of the first events of 2012 to happen outdoors will bring two indie heavy-hitters to Madison. 2011 Polaris Prize nominee Dirty Beaches and dramatic synth-poppers Xiu Xiu will share the stage – and a Lake Mendota backdrop – on May 18th.
2011 was a breakout year for Vancouver-via-Taiwan artist Alex Zhang Hungtai, known by his stage name of Dirty Beaches. After a series of buzz-creating EP’s, he put out Badlands, his first full-length. Its lo-fi alternation between haunting (See: “Sweet 17″) and sullen (“Lord Knows Best” video below) grabbed the attention and superlatives of fans and critics alike. It earned an 8.2 and Best New Music from Pitchfork, landed Dirty Beaches a spot on Stereogum’s 40 Best New Artists, and (as previously mentioned) achieved a rare feat of being nominated for a Polaris Prize as a debut album. Dirty Beaches is definitely an artist to watch in 2012, and your chance to do the watching is May 18th.
As if that’s not enough, indie legends Xiu Xiu will play them in. Led by Jamie Stewart, 2012′s Always is definitely not their debut. In ten years the project’s produced 11 full length albums (not to mention just as many EP’s and 7″), all of them fantastic, known for their raw emotion and outside-the-box style. “Hi,” the first single and video from Always (See video below), shows that the quality of Xiu Xiu’s releases are not affected by their frequency, pairing Stewart’s pained vocals with intense electronic sounds and beats. Always comes out March 6th in the U.S., but is streaming over at Spin or available for immediate download with all pre-orders of CD or vinyl.
Openers Father Murphy will bring intensity themselves through their own brand of doom pop. “In Their Graves” from 2009′s …And He Told Us to Turn to the Sun displays just how well the Venice, Italy-based trio complement the styles of the headliners. It goes without saying that Father Murphy’s music is meant to be a spiritual experience. You’ll have to show up for their set on May 18th to see whether it achieves its goal.
Check out videos from Dirty Beaches and Xiu Xiu below and keep your eyes peeled for the Facebook event for more details. Head over to the calendar to see other upcoming dates.
Cancel all previous Saturday night plans (with the excuse of “i’m going to a sick concert”), for you will not want to miss this show that WUD Music has so kindly booked for you. As The Fatty Acids start off the night with their named “quirk pop” sound (or according to the band themselves “psych polka” and “scramble pop”), standing still will not be an option. Their new album Leftover Monsterface (available for free download on their bandcamp), released in June 2011, has an unusual alternative rock feel, but also resembles electronic pop. With their hometown in Milwaukee, the band’s fan base continually grows through passionate live performances.
Next, Sat. Nite Duets set high expectations from their recent album, Summer of Punishment. Revealed in a recent CNN interview, Sat. Nite Duets use their songs to “poke fun at societal outrages” during the political tension residing in Wisconsin. Their humorous stance adds that much more to their rock and roll performance.
To end the night on a fantastic note, The Poison Control Center will take the stage, hailing from Ames, Iowa. There unique personality can be heard in songs such as “Some Ordinary Vision” or “Dracula’s Casket.” But just listening to them on your speakers does not do this band justice. The prominent sounds of the guitar combined with hard vocals can only result in a heart-pounding performance– In conclusion, it will be awesome.
Download a song from each band below and join us at Der Rath at 9:30 on Saturday.
You may want to take a cue from the picture above and toss some confetti in the air because on February 17th the folks in attendance at The Sett will be treated to a fantastic double-feature when YACHT and Asobi Seksu play back-to-back. YACHT visits after putting out one of the hottest albums of 2011, Shangri-La, which delivered electropop that made us dance and ponder at the same time. Asobi Seksu’s appearance comes almost exactly a year after the release of Fluorescence, their newest album in a long career of shoegaze excellence. Don’t miss a chance to see two bands at the forefront of their craft, making your ears happy for the low, low price of free.
2/17 ASOBI SEKSU + YACHT – The Sett: Union South Facebook
My Gold Mask, a band Pitchfork equated with the sound of early Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, will be playing Der Rathskeller alongside singer-songwriter Briar Rabbit this Friday night at 9:30 PM. You’ll love the indie electronic sound of My Gold Mask paired with the soulful, heartfelt sound of Briar Rabbit. Definitely a must-see! Check below for a little taste of both:
Ever since Pitchfork expressed their shock over Kreayshawn and Neon Indian‘s college tour dates together (which launched at the University of Iowa on Monday), we’ve been eagerly awaiting this show. Neon Indian was named in Pitchfork’s Best New Music and one of Rolling Stone’s hottest new bands of 2010. There’s certainly a lot of hype for this indie electronic group and Kreayshawn is sure to entertain as well. Since the Best New Artist nominee’s “Gucci Gucci” hit it big, there’s already been heaps of drama surrounding the California-born star. This indie rap/electronic duo will not disappoint, so don’t miss it!
Check out Neon Indian’s performance of “Polish Girl” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon below and if you haven’t seen the video for Kreayshawn’s “Gucci Gucci” yet, we highly suggest that you get out from under your rock and check it out. You won’t regret it!
We’re eager to see this show and happy to bring a piece of this great (however unexpected) tour to UW-Madison!
Photo via Thrillcall (but mad props to Azaria for the mashup!)
Star Slinger has been selling out a string of shows on his U.S. tour and next Saturday he brings it all in here at Union South. Very recently he signed with Mountain Dew’s Green Label Sound along with artists like Chromeo and (—>) Neon Indian. His first official single from the label, “Dumbin’”, features soul singer Reggie B.
Star Slinger feat. Reggie B- Dumbin’
On that same note, Diplo (remember that campus show not too long ago?!), put together his latest mix for the Mad Decent World Wide Radio Podcast where he features Star Slinger’s “Dumbin’”, as well as other tracks we’ve been into all year including those from Lunice, Frank Ocean, and Gold Panda (Check out the tracklist on The Fader).
Diplo’s Triple J Mix
Listen and download both via soundcloud and come for the dance party Nov 5th!