WUD Music’s List of Lists #6: The Spring 2015 Lineup (So Far)

This is Mod Sun. (Photo copyright by Evan Dell)

This is Mod Sun. (Photo copyright by Evan Dell)

We’re just over a week away from free live concerts picking up again at Memorial Union and Union South, and we have a solid bunch of shows we’d like to share with you. Save the dates!

Friday, January 23rd in Memorial Union – Raura w/ Xoe Wise
Friday, January 23rd in Union South – Pat McCurdy
Saturday, January 24th in Memorial Union – The Racing Pulses w/ Busy Living
Saturday, January 24th in Union South – F. Stokes
Friday, January 30th in Memorial Union – Saturday Looks Good To Me
Friday, January 30th in Union South – Chicago Afrobeat Project
Saturday, January 31st in Memorial Union – The Living Statues
Saturday, February 7th in Memorial Union – Barley Jacks
Saturday, February 14th in Memorial Union – White Arrows
Saturday, February 14th in Union South – A Ferris Ferris Ferris Valentine’s Day (featuring music curated by the one and only Ben Ferris)
Friday, February 20th in Memorial Union – TV Girl
Saturday, February 21st in Memorial Union – JMSN
Thursday, February 26th in Union South – Cakes Da Killa
Friday, March 6th in Memorial Union – Lust for Youth
Friday, March 6th in Union South – Sidewalk Chalk w/ Kiernan McMullen
Saturday, March 7th in Union South – Wave Chapelle w/ Charles Grant and Max Meridius
Friday, March 13th in Memorial Union – Mod Sun
Saturday, March 14th in Memorial Union – Jake Armerding
Friday, April 10th in Union South – Foxygen
Shows in Memorial Union will take place in Der Rathskeller, and shows in Union South will take place in The Sett. All showtimes are 9 PM, except for shows in Memorial Union in February, which will be starting at 8 PM (it’s a pet project!).
Hope you like the list so far! We will be announcing more shows periodically throughout the semester, so make sure to check back here, like our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter! Peace!

 

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announcing: GRANDCHILDREN with Dinosaur Feathers + Temple

GRANDCHILDREN

DINOSAUR FEATHERS + TEMPLE

OCTOBER 15th

9P

This is one of those shows to look back on saying, “Yeah, I saw them when…”

If you like the percussive vibe of Yeasayer and the experimental-sensibility of Animal Collective, then you’ll love GRANDCHILDREN. Their optimistic and layered sound appeals to the casual listener and the fan alike and does not discourage dancing. With accolades from the blog world and indie stalwarts like Fader, Granchildren is quickly becoming a sought-after act for cutting edge venues nation-wide.

DINOSAUR FEATHERS are also all about quirky charm, this time a little darker and a little more pop. With coverage in the NYT, you know they’ve put some

intellect into their music. Openers TEMPLE have played the Union before as Arto, and we’re sure to see them again in the future.

First Weekend of Shows

Hey guys, welcome back! Hope you had a good break. This weekend we’ve got some shows you guys should think about checking out. On Friday, we have some regional flavor with Decibully, the Daredevil Christopher Wright, and Jookabox. Decibully are a cool band from Milwaukee who released their newest album this past December.  Fans of guys like Jets to Brazil or Wilco should enjoy. The Daredevil Christopher Wright, from Eau Claire, and Jookabox, from Indianapolis, also appear.

On Saturday, we have some more regional fare with Screamin’ Cyn-Cyns and the Pons, and Butt Funnel.  Screamin’ Cyn-Cyns and the Pons are one of the best punk bands from Madison, and Butt Funnel bring the Eurotrash.  If you’re a fan of fun, you should go. If you’re not a fan of fun, I’m not sure if we want you there.

Hope to see you there,
Dylan Hill

Heiruspecs

How was Heiruspecs you ask?  I’d be happy to enlighten you.

Minneapolis and Chicago natives and First Wave favorites PhoneticONE and Dizne opened up with a really fun set.  The floor was about half full, which is pretty good for an opener (putting 9:00 on all the posters and then starting at 9:40 may have helped that a bit). In an exclusive facebook chat interview with PhoneticONE he said “the show went really well and the crowd was dope.”  They seemed to be having a really good time and got bonus points for dropping references to Dizzy and Bird.

PhoneticONE

PhoneticONE

I don’t have much to say about DLO.  It was pretty standard hip-hop, nothing too exciting.  The crowd seemed to be getting a bit bored during their set, I saw more than a few people texting and talking out of boredom.  It was decent though, and a lot of people may have just been getting antsy waiting for Heiruspecs to come out.

St. Paul natives "Heiruspecs"

St. Paul natives "Heiruspecs"

Heiruspecs was as some might say (Matt Forrest) a “live ass show”.   The whole floor was pretty much full and there were quite a few people behind the stage as well. They played a good variety of old and new tracks.  People were getting really into it, but nothing got too out of hand (no drunk douchebags bum rushing the stage) and for once I don’t think we had any problem with security intruding just because it was Hip-Hop.  There were a fair amount of older people that, at the very least, didn’t leave when they realized it was a rap show.   What makes Heiruspecs so cool is that they bring so many different influences into their music,  blending elements of punk, funk, and old school hip-hop into a really distinct sound.  One of my favorite parts of the show was when Felix said that they were gonna play something for “people who are into some real ass music”, and they did a short instrumental jam with Peter and Twinkie Jiggles kickin out some funky ass grooves.

Overall I would say the show was a success.  I’d definitely love to have them again, so stay posted next year to see if they come back.

-Todd O.