The fun all starts this weekend on Friday night with Dastardly along with Buxton and Pioneer at Der Rathskeller.
Two main vocals Gabe Liebowitz and Sarah Morga, with three other members August Sheehy, Joe Rauen and Andy Taylor form the group, Dastardly. Influenced by Roy Orbison, Harry Nilsson, The Carter Family, Dirty Projectors, and Muppets, this Chicago-based band was formed not too long ago in 2009. However it already attracts many fans. It is an Americana country/ballad band combined with indie rock vibe. The amped-up guitar refreshes up the beat in many of their songs, for example “Middelground.” Some of their wicked sarcastic lyrics and funky beats will put a smirk/smile on your face. The song, “Villan” starts off with acoustic chords and melodious harmonies, but then soon breaks into a rock session which does not appear to be abrupt since it eases back into the harmonies later on. Ballads in Blue, their new album that just released in July 2012 has four beautiful pieces that relax your mind and set in various scenarios where you can let go of imagination. According to The Isthmus, “This Chicago-based band spins its love of Roy Orbison, The Carter Family and The Muppets into sonic treats dipped in the sweet melodies of cowboy troubadours and the salty licks of indie-rock guitars.”
One of the openers for this Friday night is Buxton. Being one of the most valued folk rock bands from Houston with its fan base outside of the state of Texas, Buxton will make your night a good one from the beginning. Members Sergio Trevino, Chris Wise, Jason Willis, Justin Terrell and Austin Sepulvado have been running the band since 2003. Their music makes contrast between folk and rock over bristly guitar. Their New West Records debut album Nothing Here Seems Strange was released January 31, 2012. The merging of harmonies is reflected much in their music, which sounds cool. With only two self-released albums, the Houston Press declares them as “Simply put, these guys are getting ridiculously good.”
Our other opener will be the Madison chamber-pop trio, Pioneer. Guitarist/vocal Kenny Monroe’s shivering chord progressions along with sweat beats from other members are definitely a not-to-miss. Also, the harmony with Jacqueline Kursel in “Memorial Day” stirs up the dynamics. In a time of electric music, audience of folk instrumentation will bond over this special personal experience.
Just by listening to all the links to the music above, you know it will be a fantastic evening at Der Rathskeller in Madison. What’s not to love? Scroll down a bit for some free downloads and a little preview of what is to come on Friday night.
Download>> Dastardly – “Sentimental Blue”
Download>> Pioneer- “Memorial Day”