Japanese Breakfast exudes joy and triumph at The Sett

By Logan Rude, Concerts Editor Michelle Zauner’s solo work under the guise Japanese Breakfast has been overwhelmingly, if not entirely, inspired by the death of her mother. And yet her live performance at The Sett Tuesday night told another story — one of joy and triumph.  When opener The Spirit of the Beehive began their half-hour set, the crowd consisted of a measly 50-some guests, … Continue reading Japanese Breakfast exudes joy and triumph at The Sett

I Tell a Fly, Benjamin Clementine

By Daniel Winogradoff, Albums Editor SCORE: 8.1 Benjamin Clementine is not a conformist. His eye often strays from the orthodox and established to something more surreal and finicky. Clementine is a modern-day Bartleby, minus the depressive mentality. It’s the demeanor and embodiment of the “I’d rather not” mantra that separates Clementine’s work as something that supersedes art. The 28-year-old visionary from London believes that language … Continue reading I Tell a Fly, Benjamin Clementine

Seven Days, PARTYNEXTDOOR

By Deeba Abrishamchi, Staff Writer SCORE: 6.8 R&B luminary PARTYNEXTDOOR surprised the public with a seven-song project after teasing on social media. Known for his smooth vocals and sensual sound, the OVO prodigy takes musical risks and tests new waters on Seven Days. Do not overlook the title, though, as it’s not arbitrary: PND wrote and recorded the entire project over the course of seven … Continue reading Seven Days, PARTYNEXTDOOR

Ash, Ibeyi

By Christian Zimonick, Staff Writer SCORE: 6.7 Ash, the newest album from art-pop duo Ibeyi, offers a variety of sounds. However, all in all, it is a bit too shapeless to truly be sonically compelling. Spartan beats are typical of Ibeyi, which keep time without taking anything away from the vocals of sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, of whom Ibeyi is composed. These beats are certainly … Continue reading Ash, Ibeyi

Gallery: Modest Mouse’s return to Madison fills the air with an aura of nostalgia

By Matt Weinberger, Staff Writer After the excitement of the Wisconsin-Northwestern football game ended in Camp Randall Stadium, an evening of excitement began at Breese Stevens Field. Modest Mouse returned to Madison. When New-York-based band Mass Gothic, hit the stage, the audience at Breese Stevens Field was sparse. Concertgoers sprawled out on blankets while passively enjoying the music. The band had a relaxed vibe that … Continue reading Gallery: Modest Mouse’s return to Madison fills the air with an aura of nostalgia