Wed, 4/11 | @ The Frequency
121 W Main St, Madison, WI 53703
Doors 7pm // Show 7:30pm
18+ ID Required
$8 (+$3 minor surcharge @ door)
Brennan Connors & Stray Passage
//////////////////////////////THOLLEM (On Tour)
With a synthesizer and a microphone, Thollem’s Hot Pursuit Of Happiness forges elements of Punk Rock, Blue and Psychedelia, among many other influences. Including new songs and solo arrangements of Tsigoti songs, with “fluid keys pulverization” (Brad Cohan, Spin Magazine), Thollem’s work is ”political debauchery and a forward vocal delivery … that comes a-swingin’ right out of the gate” (Chocolate Grinder, Tiny Mix Tapes)
Over the last decade, Thollem’s toured non-stop internationally, recording with over a hundred different musicians from a wide variety of genres resulting in more than 60 albums on 22 different vanguard labels. As a vocalist, Thollem’s been releasing albums the last 10 years with his Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti (5th album soon), Hand To Man Band (Mike Watt, John Dieterich, Tim Barnes) and Andy Kaufman plus his initial solo album ‘Machine in The Ghost’. He’s planning on releasing the first HPOH album later this year.
Thollem has performed and recorded with members of Deerhoof, The Minutemen, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Half Japanese, Wilco, Unwound, Old Time Relijun, Cibo Matto, Jealousy Party, Stars Like Fleas, Tenderizor and more.
Personal Note: Thollem McDonas is one of my favorite perma-tour Experimental artists. He has been very influential to my free improvisation explorations in the last decade. I’m thrilled to share a bill with him once again! Also, I can’t wait to see Angela, I always learn so much from her. It’s been a couple of years, they are beautiful people and there’s much to catch up on. Thollem has collaborated with GrimmusiK Records in the past on both the Colias experimental/ambient compilation, live free-improv collaborations at Dobra Tea, and with a marvelous performance at our Audio For the Arts series (can’t seem to hunt down the live recording for that, unfortunately). Thollem has an overwhelming discography, check out his extensive releases here. < So much wonderful music to explore in his collaboration filled catalog.
Brennan Connors & Stray Passage (Madison, WI) is a jazz trio that embraces free and structured improvisation, original compositions, groove based material, and sound exploration. The breadth of a performance ranges from fiery high energy music to focused minimalism, all while maintaining a sense of narrative organization and compelling ensemble interplay. “Emergence” CD (setola di miale) available at the show!
Glassmen (Madison, WI) is experimental indie rock with guitar, organ pedals, drums, and vibrato. The sound, sometimes jarring, is fragile, sharp, and reflective — like glass.
Sarah Jennings Evans started Glassmen in 2012 after being diagnosed with a rare joint condition that left her unable to use her arms. She created music with voice, organ pedals, and loops of old recordings. Guitar came back as her arms recovered. Meanwhile, multi-instrumentalist Vivian Lin (TUO TUO) kept busy playing in other people’s side projects (The Party Drug, The Divine Hammers), but was looking for a musical home. She joined Glassmen in 2015 to add drums and vocals.
Personal Note: I’ve been meaning to get on a bill with Glassmen for a couple of years now and it’s finally going down! ^ Check out this live version of Needle, love the sound. Excited to hear their live set!
Space Tugboat (Madison, WI) is dark catchy punk rock, with a twist of demented humor of reality.
Personal Note: Big thanks to Dan from Space Tugboat for hooking up the show and taking care of booking. Dan has supported Stray Passage for years and given us opportunities to play. Now we finally get to share a bill together!!