Rock Plaza Central & Laura Gibson
Rock Plaza Central
with special guests
Rock Plaza Central last played Madison as a part of the Forward Music Fest, and prior to that, at High Noon with Dead Confederate. Laura Gibson has played Madison twice previously as well--once opening for Colin Meloy and once opening for Great Lake Swimmers.
Rock Plaza Central is a Canadian indie rock band. After a pair of glowing reviews from the influential music website Pitchfork they have recently come to prominence as a major indie rock band. Their independently released disc, Are We Not Horses (2006), made many top ten lists for the year, including #8 for CMJ Editor-in-Chief Kenny Herzog, Pitchfork staff writer Stephen Deusner and Americana-UK lead writer David Cowling.
Because the album did not receive an official US release until mid-2007, it made several of those year-end lists as well, including Magnet Magazine's "10 Great Hidden Treasures of 2007", calling it "2007's finest folk/rock find".
They are often compared to Neutral Milk Hotel and Will Oldham.
In early 2007, they received additional attention for their cover of the Justin Timberlake song "SexyBack".
Rock Plaza Central is now signed to Outside Music in Canada and Yep Roc Records in the US. They released Are We Not Horses internationally on April 17, 2007.
Laura Gibson lives in Portland, Oregon, sings songs and plays a nylon-stringed guitar. She is 26 years-old. She grew up in a small isolated logging town in the south coast of oregon, the daughter of a forest ranger and the towns kindergarten teacher. She was a state champion high-jumper, and went to college on a math scholarship and later studied counseling in graduate schoolshe couldnt tell you what band put out what particular album in what year, but she could probably describe where she was, how she felt and what you talked about, when she first met you, or what the trees looked like the last time her heart was brokenshe likes trees.
Gibson completed her debut full-length album with Adam Selzer (Norfolk and Western, M Ward, Decemberists) at his Type Foundry studios in Portland, and Dylan Magierek (Badman Records - Mark Kozelek, The Innocence Mission) at Closer Recording studios in San Francisco in the spring of 2006. Gibson found the perfect backing band in the members of Norfolk and Western, arrangements varying from bare-bones guitar and voice, to an orchestra of trumpets, piano, vibraphone, saw, violin, cello, banjo and found sounds. The songs themselves are haunting portraits of nostalgia and intimacy, of loneliness and wide-eyed hope hope.
High Noon Saloon
701 E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53711
|Minimum Age: 18|
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