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COLOR TV

Hailing from the same town as Prince, the crazy power-punk group named COLOR TV will kick your ass. Taking inspiration from other Minneapolis punk legends like Hüsker Dü and Killed By Death, COLOR TV is all about energy.

Formed by a slew of Twin Cities punk veterans with Philip Schwarz on guitar, Devin Jorgenson on bass, AJ Olschmeid on drums and Matt Allen on guitar, the group’s sound is all about refined chaos.

COLOR TV’s songs are explosive power-pop-punk that focus on throwing your head and your body into other people. It's fast garage-punk that smacks you upside the face, like Ty Segall and Uranium Club had a baby.

Each track begins with a synth lead tune that sounds like it’s right out of an infomercial, but quickly dissolves or detonates into soaring riffs over violent drumming.

Chanted, repeated phrases and themes of technological singularity pepper Jorgenson’s distorted vocals on tracks like "Paroxeteens" and "Night after Night," off of their newest release.

COLOR TV plays at the Union Ballroom Thursday, Oct. 11, alongside Portlander Aerial Ruin, Missourian hardcore Mentira, and locals Rayon Xhis and Iron Cemetery. Show starts at 8 p.m. $10.

 

Tennis

When two musicians let their romantic adventures ignite their songs, the result is a comfortingly nuanced take on love. Tennis returns to Missoula, warming the Top Hat with its retro dream-pop. The married duo is usually supported by a full band, but their Solo in Stereo Tour is just the two of them letting their chemistry do the work in a more intimate setting.

Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore met in philosophy class at the University of Colorado. After graduation, they set off on an eight-month sailing expedition down the Eastern Atlantic Seaboard. They formed their band upon return, recording a surf rock album “Cape Dory” in 2011, based on their excursion.

The two are inspired by ‘60s and ‘70s era wall-of-sound pop, with tastes of Fleetwood Mac and Dusty Springfield. Fierce Madonna-esque vocals are met with the oceanic vibes of Shannon and the Clams. The duo's sophomore album, “Young & Old,” hits extremities with heavier synth pop and invigorated rock, while 2014’s “Ritual in Repeat” is poppy with upbeat dance tracks.

In 2016, the two took another sailboat journey in the Pacific Ocean, inspired their latest album, “Yours Conditionally.” The song “Fields of Blue” paints their sea escape. The album is seductive and sarcastic, finding balance between saccharine and punchy with commentary about love and its illusions, as well as sexism in music industry. It tears down feminine stereotypes in catchy tunes like “My Emotions Are Blinding,” where Moore’s voice warbles over a groovy bassline: “I get hysterical, it’s empirical.” In “Ladies Don’t Play Guitar,” she teases, “I can be the archetype of whatever your feeling,” rocking out to zaps of electric guitar.

What could be corny is executed as an engaging conversation about the way love is viewed in society. “Please Don’t Ruin This for Me” has upbeat guitar that carries a melancholic weight. It evokes the feeling of butterflies in the stomach in its sweet effervescent melody. “Matrimony” carries an electric current and airy vocals cry out confessions: “The less we have, it makes me love you all the more, I’m not waiting for some twist of fate to tell me that our lives are interlaced.”

Tennis plays Monday, Oct. 15 at the Top Hat at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 at the door. Matt Costa opens.

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