Posts Tagged ‘Gospel Gossip’

The Gospel According to Distortion

August 21, 2009

video of Gospel Gossip courtesy of YouTube

Gospel Gossip (MN) will be making yet another appearance in Milwaukee (last winter, they played a roiling set at the Cactus Club and blew the roof off the Borg Ward last summer). The word about this trio has caught on for fans of minimalist set-ups and big sounds. Guitarist/vocalist Sarah Nienaber manages to retain the proper levels of fuzz and feedback and sweetly shrieked vocals, often while rolling about on stage, getting up only to shove the face of her guitar into an amp to get a desired level of distortion.

Bitch Magazine, upon reviewing the band’s first release Sing Into My Mouth, remarked that “It’s fuzzy, pretty, and uber-rhythmic — that mid-tempo, incredibly danceable pop that Fugazi and Nation of Ulysses popularized in Washington D.C. in the early 90s.” The band’s just-released album Dreamland is an even more impressively recorded rendition of the band’s live performance, their single “Nashville” sweeping listeners into an audio land that Echo and the Bunnymen created long ago, with soaring yet stoic bass lines and spaciously ringing guitars. Catch Gospel Gossip tonight at Club Garibaldi as they pair up once again with their Milwaukee shoegazer-y counterparts, Brief Candles. Club Garibaldi is located at 2501 S. Superior in Bay View. 8 p.m. 21+


TGIT: Our Weekend Picks!

January 29, 2009
Image courtesy of MySpace

Image courtesy of MySpace

Thursday, January 29th

The Paul Collins Beat + Gentleman Jesse & His Men, the Flips, DJ Explode @ Club Garibaldi’s (2501 S. Superior), 9 p.m.

The legendary Paul Collins (the Nerves, the Beat) gets all power-pop treacly and punk snarly with his latest release Ribbon of Gold. The down-to-earth venue and the stellar opening acts will make this show one to make the extra effort for, even though it’s a school night.

Image courtesy of MySpace

Image courtesy of MySpace

Curumin + DJ Andy Noble @ Stonefly Brewery (735 E. Chambers Street), 9 p.m.

Melding both heritage (Japanese/Brazilian) into his smooth and skillful DJing, Curumin spins a variety of sounds and beats: hip hop, lounge, funk and electronica; genre-bending and blending to give these sounds and beats an effortless but significant taste of his native Brazil. 


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Image of Mother Orchis courtesy of MySpace

 Friday, January 30th

Masonry + Mother Orchis, Dear Astronaut @ The Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth), 10 p.m.

Somewhere in the depths of our hearts, Wisconsinites warm up to all things shadowy and dark in these bleak winter months. Indulge yourselves with this trio of intensely melodic and heav y rockers, as sonically close to being trapped in a blizzard while traveling across a frozen Lake Michigan…except, this time around, you might magically find yourself indoors, and the only frosty thing you’ll be in contact with is a cold beverage.


Photo by Joe Kirschling

Photo of the Brief Candles by Joe Kirschling

Saturday, January 31st

Brief Candles + Gospel Gossip, Group of the Altos @ Cactus Club (2496 S. Wentworth), 10 p.m.

Milwaukee’s experts on everything sonically gauzy, The Brief Candles are capable of turning crushing distortion into melodic walls thick enough that you just might be able to take your earplugs out, set them free, and they’d hover mid-air.