win tickets to inlets!

Inlets are coming back to Madison, and you and a friend have got a chance to see them for free! While here in April, they filled  the quirky and intimate Gates of Heaven to the roof with lush sound. Check out our review of the show here.

On June 23, 2010 at 6:30 PM,  Inlets will be back with DM Stith, Silje Nos, and Austin Hays at the Gates of Heaven in James Madison Park, Madison, WI.

For a chance to win a pair of tickets, leave a comment and include an email address you’ll actually check and respond to. No one else can see it, and we’ll only use it to tell you whether you’ve won or not. You may enter until 11:59 PM CT on June 20, 2010. We’ll announce the winner chosen using on Monday, June 21.

“In Which I, Robert”

“Bright Orange Air”

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winner, Lindsay!

sun-fed shapes

As the sun set on Lake Mendota, Brooklyn’s Inlets played a cozy show at the Gates of Heaven Synagogue in Madison, Wisconsin on April 29, 2010. The tiny venue, featuring not much more than an altar and a lofted area, created a complete immersion of sound for the crowd and decimated the barrier between listener and performer.

Inlets’s recent release, Inter Arbiter, features rolling guitars, tapped percussion, and orchestral touches. It’s as if the first two-and-a-half minutes of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” got stretched out and developed into its own album (and that’s a good thing). Live, songs like single “Bright Orange Air” were a little bit darker and heavier than their recorded counterparts, but it worked and made for a unique experience.

Opening the show was Wisconsin one-man show Yellow Ostrich. The charmingly awkward Alex Schaaf used a guitar, tom, and loop pedal to create lush layers of sound and choir-like vocals appropriate for the synagogue setting. In addition to his own material, he also did a lovely cover of “Androgynous”, prefacing the song by saying that “it’s by The Replacements – they’re a band.” Truth.

Visit the Inlets website here.
Visit the Yellow Ostrich Facebook page here.
View photos from the show here.