Music roundup for June 19-25, 2014

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By Kareesa Wilson, Special to The Gazette
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 28, Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St., Stoughton. For tickets, call 608-255-9866.

Classical music you can dance to can be hard to find, but the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society is right here in Wisconsin.  The Madison-based chamber ensemble is original and fun, playing foot-stomping tunes by those classical fellows Bach and Mozart.

Twenty-two years ago, founders Stephanie Jutt and Jeffrey Sykes envisioned a new kind of classical music experience partly inspired by the original BDDS in California. The name came after a concert when audience members danced on the beach to a Bach concerto while fireworks went off.

Jutt and Sykes started Madison’s BDDS with two free concerts in 1992. The concerts were standing room only, and audience donations helped the ensemble to build a yearly concert series.

This week’s concert, “Take a Hike,” features music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Brahms and Piazzolla.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at 8 p.m. Friday, June 20, Milwaukee Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee. Tickets: $22-$87. Call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

These Bad Seeds are very, very good. This Australian alt-rock outfit is 31 years old this year and has spent the past three decades honing its skills and carving a niche for its blend of Gothic rock, punk and blues.

Beginning with their 1984 debut album, “From Her to Eternity,” through last year’s “Push the Sky Away,” the Bad Seeds have stayed true to themselves and built a loyal fan base. They’ve released 15 studio albums and taken home top honors at the Australian Recording Industry Association Awards six times, including two trophies for last year’s album. The Bad Seeds also are in the ARIA Hall of Fame.

Current members are frontman Nick Cave, keyboardist Barry Adamson, violinist Warren Ellis, guitarist Blixa Bargeld, bassist Martyn P. Casey and drummer Jim Sclavunos.

Guided by Voices at 8 p.m. Friday, June 20, Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Ave., Madison. With Bobby Bare Jr. Tickets: $29-$32. Call 608-241-8633.

Guided by Voices has staying power; this American indie rock band has been around for more than 30 years. Although the lineup has changed over the decades, songwriter and frontman Robert Pollard has been the voice and sound for every album.

Shaped by 1970s British punk and psychedelic rock, Guided by Voices started in Dayton, Ohio, as a low-key, no-frills garage punk band. The group has experimented a lot with sounds and song structure and has released 22 albums—six in the past two years alone. A new tour and renewed interest in its sound has pushed the band’s productivity to a new level.

Current members are Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Greg Demos and Kevin March.

Neon Trees at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, Majestic Theatre, 115 King St., Madison. With Smallpools and Nightmare & The Cat. Tickets: $25. Call 608-255-0901.

Here’s more American rock ‘n’ roll for these hot summer nights, this time brought to you by Neon Trees.

The Utah-based band— Tyler Glenn, Chris Allen, Branden Campbell and Elaine Bradley—is a relative newcomer to the national stage. It got its first big break five years ago as the opening act for The Killers’ North American tour. That exposure landed Neon Trees a record contract and an album, 2010’s “Habits.” A single off that album, “Animal,” made the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

The band’s follow-up albums, “Picture Show” and last year’s “Pop Psychology,” have been commercial successes. The songs “Animal” and “Everybody Talks” were covered on different episodes of the TV show “Glee.” Band members have appeared on multiple late-night talk shows and have toured with Taylor Swift and Maroon 5.

Their classic pop punk rock is great for pool parties and dancing in the streets.

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