Sat. Nite Duets plays Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum on September 30, plus this week's live music calendar.
For the past seven years, Sat. Nite Duets spent time reveling in drunken late night basement parties over messy, distorted guitars, where the only feeling better than another guitar hook was the sweet taste of one more beer. The band’s latest effort certainly continues that slacker bacchanalia, but Air Guitar (out last week on Father/Daughter Records) also presents a more vulnerable side of the ever-evolving six-piece, one that builds on the sonic eclecticism of 2013’s Electric Manland and injects more heart and personality than anything that came before.
“When I’m 35/ Or on the last beer of my life/ I want to look right into the camera/ And say ‘damn that was nice,’” Andrew Jambura sings on the album’s most immediately striking track, “The Last Beer of My Music Career.” The song is a somber (yet also quite satirical) acknowledgement to the fleeting existence of a rock n’ roll band—a feeling that ostensibly creeps closer with every new record. That must be a very real sentiment for a group that’s been together as long as Sat. Nite Duets (some members have played music with one another since middle school).
Later on, “Two Birds” definitely comes across as an outlier when it comes to style—its pastoral folk brings to mind Fleet Foxes rather than Silver Jews—but the track lends soul and earnestness to the album. It’s fitting the song is placed directly at the center of the 12-track effort. It unquestionably feels like the heart of Air Guitar.
But this is, after all, a Sat. Nite Duets record, so the mood never stays down for too long. Highlights include a heart-felt tribute to the humanity of Antonio Salieri on “TAFKA Salieri,” a tongue-in-cheek jab at millennials on “St. Yuppie,” and the melancholy of reuniting alt-rockers on “Manny D.” It’s this dynamism and affection that makes Air Guitar one of the best Milwaukee records of the year.
Sat. Nite Duets celebrates the release of Air Guitar on Friday, September 30 at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, 2220 N. Terrace Ave., with openers Negative Positive.
Video of the Week
During his stop in Cleveland for his live tour, comedian Eric Andre invited Milwaukee rapper Vincent VanGREAT to be his guest on stage. The surreal and grating characteristics of The Eric Andre Show are on full-effect here, as the host forcefully combats the artist during the interview before the whole thing, naturally, goes off the rails. It should be noted that the below clip is NSFW. You can stream Vincent VanGREAT’s latest album, UnGREATful, here.
This Week in Live Music
Tuesday, September 27: Bill Callahan with Jon Mueller at the Back Room at Colectivo Coffee, 8 p.m. ($20) – (2211 N. Prospect Ave., PabstTheater.org)
Also: The Mountain Goats with Oh Pep! at The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($24.50) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)
And: Plum with Ravi Lola, Astral Subastral, Moon Rats at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
Wednesday, September 28: John Hiatt with Brantley at The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($39.50) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: The Directionals with LiquidLight and Neocaveman at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($8) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Thursday, September 29: Tele Novella with Paper Holland at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($8) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)
Also: Sam Llanas at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 8 p.m. (FREE) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
And: Faux Fiction with Mobina Galore at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
And: Milan to Minsk with Ravi/Lola, Dam Gila and Duckling at Company Brewing, 10:30 p.m. – (735 E. Center And: St., CompanyBrewing.com)
Friday, September 30: Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls with The Arkells, Will Varley at The Rave, 7:30 p.m. ($21.50-$26.50) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
Also: New Boyz Club (album release) with Hello Death, Fox Face and SistaStrings at Company Brewing, 8 p.m. – (735 E. Center St., CompanyBrewing.com)
And: The Ball Turret Gunners with Vocokesh and Dryhouse Ruins at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
And: Rabid Young at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
And: Dressy Bessy with Faux Fiction at Walkers Point Anodyne Coffee, 8 p.m. ($10) – (224 W. Bruce St., AnodyneCoffee.com)
And: Brat Sounds with Mark Adams Son Of Bill and Young Revelators at Landmark Lanes, 9 p.m. – (2220 N Farwell Ave., LandmarkLanes.com)
Saturday, October 1: Mariachi Vargas and Yolanda Del Rio at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($39-$99) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Testa Rosa with The Quilz and The Braided Janes at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($8) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
And: TOBACCO with High Tides, Odonis Odonis at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($12 advance; $15 door) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)
And: The Lowest Pair at the Back Room at Colectivo Coffee, 8 p.m. ($12) – (2211 N. Prospect Ave., PabstTheater.org)
Sunday, October 2: Peter Case at Walkers Point Anodyne Coffee, 8 p.m. ($15) – (224 W. Bruce St., AnodyneCoffee.com)