Night Moves w/Pony Bwoy and The Great Duck War: Saturday, November 15th, der Rathskeller

I’m normally not one to put genre labels on bands. But today, I AM THAT PERSON. “Psychedelic Country” is TOTALLY Night Moves. If I had to describe them in terms of other bands (which I’ve been trying to do for years now with almost no success because they are so original) I would mayyyyybe say something along the lines of Fleetwood Mac beats with twangy/Tame Impala-ish/Temples-ish vocals. But even that cannot describe them in all their glory.

Look at at all that hair.

Look at all that hair.

I listen to a lot of hip-hop/rap and alternative artists, and not much country music. However, I find myself scouring the interwebz in search of more Night Moves.

Between their charming twang, groovy bellbottoms, and echoing vocals, there is something for everyone to love.

This Minneapolis-based group has played on campus before. I first saw them on complete accident in high school in 2011, and INSTANTLY fell in love. Since then they’ve returned every year, probably Madison’s music taste is impeccable and we don’t want to escape those dreamy chords.

Check out their live performance of “Headlights” on KEXP here:

Night Moves’ return to Madison is special this time. They’re bringing some friends with them: Pony Bwoy.

Pony Bwoy must have caught the Night Moves fever.

Pony Bwoy must have caught the Night Moves fever.

When wandering around Youtube Narnia one night I discovered Pony Bwoy’s most chill music video; it oozed synth and bled passion. My eyes were glued to my Ba$ic Bitch Macbook Pro. I was hooked.

Here is that video, PREPARE YOSELF:

TURNS OUT THEY’RE FRIENDS WITH NIGHT MOVES— WHO KNEW?? It was perfect. This show was ‘bout 2 be off da hook.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Who doesn’t like jamming to your friend’s band like you would in a house show??
The Great Duck War to the rescue!

Reid Kurkerewicz and Noah and Justin Huber combine Modest Mouse-esque vocals with energetic drumming and delicate guitar to create one hell of a sound.

How could you not love these g00nz??

The Great Duck War killin' the photo game.

The Great Duck War killin’ the photo game.

You can catch all these gnarly bands this Saturday in der Rathskeller. You don’t want to be that person at your neighbor’s house party next week who missed this show, do you?

Oh, did I mention it’s FREE?!

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Madfork! Thursday: Lotus Plaza, Dent May, Milk Music. Friday: Wild Nothing, Night Moves.

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.

Download>> Lotus Plaza – “Strangers” from Spooky Action at a Distance

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The Weekend In Photos

There are over 80 pictures to check out here of the weekend’s concerts; the bands were just too photogenic to narrow it down any more. YACHT’s video graphics, amazing poses, crowd interactions, and general awesomeness made each picture unique. Asobi Seksu’s energy comes through in photos of them. Juniper Tar invited folks on stage, which made for excellent pictures. Photos of Night Moves, Asumaya, Trapper Schoepp, and Kane Place Record Club also display how hard these guys rock. So check out the pics – you might just spot yourself in some.

Have pictures of these shows you think the world needs to see? Send them to wudmusiccom@gmail.com and we’ll probably add them. Click photos to enlarge.

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This Saturday at the Sett: Night Moves with Kane Place Record Club

Have you heard of Domino Records? This is the  record company that’s nabbed bands like Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, The Kills, Real Estate… the list goes on and on. If you’re a fan of any of these bands, you’ll be happy to know that Domino’s newest sign-on, Night Moves, will be tearing it down at the Sett this Saturday night. Night Moves pairs smooth electric beats with melodies of nostalgia. Opening for Night Moves will be Kane Place Record Club, one of Milwaukee’s favorite live acts, bringing the best jam sesh you’ll ever see at the Sett. Last time KPRC was in town, headliners JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound tweeted, “Damn @kaneplace is not fooling around, we’ve played with some hot bands this tour.” Clearly, you don’t want to miss this epic raucous of a show.

Download “Headlights” by Night Moves

Just Announced

The Daily Cardinal showed us some love today by publishing an article highlighting what our February has in store. Today we’ve got more excellent February shows to announce, ensuring that whether you’re a Valentine’s Day hater or embracer (that doesn’t quite rhyme, but we’ll go with it), it’s going to be a good month. Minnesota’s Night Moves will hit the Sett on February 18th. They just signed with Domino Records, which is home to amazing acts like Arctic Monkeys, Cass McCombs, Dirty Projectors and Panda Bear, so you know they’re going to be a band to watch. Another band doing the Midwest proud is Milwaukee’s Junipar Tar, who just had their Daytrotter session posted. They’ll also be here on February 18th at Der Rathskeller.

Whoa there, kids. Don’t think that we’re one-month wonders over here. The action keeps rolling into March, April, and beyond, here. As announced a few weeks ago, Doomtree will be here on March 9th. Well, the party doesn’t stop after their performance, as Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger will spin tracks in our DMF Afterparty. We’ve got New Yorkers Caveman on April 13th, whose debut LP CoCo Beware has gotten a ton of buzz, which probably had something to do with them getting signed to a little label called Fat Possum last month. On April 27th, Blackbird Blackbird, an electronic/dream pop act that was so nice they named it twice, will make the trip out from their hometown of Oakland (after making a stop at SXSW, of course) to make pleasing sounds for your ears.

That’s not even all, so check out the listings below for more concerts and more details on those listed above. Go ahead, don’t be shy.

2/10 DMF: DJ Goof – The Sett: Union South

2/18 Juniper Tar w/ Chaperone – Der Rath: Memorial Union

2/18 Night Moves w/ Kane Place Record Club – The Sett: Union South

2/24 Advance Base – Der Rath: Memorial Union

3/9 DMF: Doomtree Afterparty feat. Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger – The Sett: Union South

4/13 Caveman w/ TBA – Der Rathskeller: Memorial Union

4/27 Blackbird Blackbird w/ TBA – The Sett: Union South

Mood-O-Meter

I was trying to use an app on spotify that makes playlists for you based on your mood. They’re bad obviously (personally I don’t want to listen to Cher when I’m feeling romantic), so I thought I can maybe do this better. Of course I only have a few, you’ll notice angsty, depressed, trippin b*llz, rainy, shame spiral, and many others are missing so feel free to leave an emoticon with a corresponding song.

MOOD: I want something soulful, no synthy bleepy bloops or bass drops for me today


Alabama Shakes- Hold On

MOOD: I want synthy, bleepy bloopy electronic awesomeness


STS9- Scheme (From the EP When the Dust Settles)

MOOD: It’s winter so I wanna chill with some instrumentals but it’s still gotta be jazzy so I can be upbeat while I’m writing in my moleskine


Ljones- ArtOfficial Strawberries (download the album Soul Below for free from Bandcamp)

MOOD: I’m super/semi/relatively happy today and I want to dance and sing to myself in the mirror


Surfer Blood- I’m Not Ready

MOOD: Why am I so behind on new music?!!! What’sthekoolbuzzbandIHAVEtoknowbeforeEVERYONE?!!


Night Moves- Headlights (They’re from MN and just signed to Domino Records!)

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