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Boundary-pushing jazz trio Twin Talk celebrate a gracefully daring new album

Plus: The Girl Talk team discuss muting R. Kelly and supporting his survivors, and reunited Milwaukee power-pop band Yipes! come to town with their first record in 38 years.

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Twin Talk: Dustin Laurenzi, Katie Ernst, and Andrew Green - MAREN CELEST
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  • Twin Talk: Dustin Laurenzi, Katie Ernst, and Andrew Green

In 2016, Reader critic Peter Margasak praised the "astonishing growth" and "cool, agile sound" of boundary-pushing local jazz trio Twin Talk, aka reedist Dustin Laurenzi, drummer Andrew Green, and bassist-vocalist Katie Ernst. On Friday, February 8, Twin Talk drop their third record, Weaver, via artists' collective and online platform People, founded in 2018 by members of the National and Bon Iver. Weaver is full of graceful moments, and Gossip Wolf especially likes the loping rhythms and windswept melodies of "The Sky Never Ends," which features Ernst's lovely wordless vocals. On Sunday, February 10, Twin Talk celebrate the album's release at the Hideout after an opening set from the Twin Cities trio of Mike Lewis, JT Bates, and Jeremy Ylvisaker.

The Girl Talk is a live talk show at the Hideout hosted by Jen Sabella and Erika Wozniak, who invite prominent women to discuss issues affecting their areas of expertise. It usually happens one Tuesday a month, but on Friday, February 8, the Girl Talk gang host a special edition about the history of sexual-abuse allegations against R. Kelly and the developments in the month or so since Lifetime aired the six-part documentary series Surviving R. Kelly. Author and critic Mikki Kendall and journalist Jamie Nesbitt Golden appeared in the series, and they'll talk with Sabella and Wozniak about supporting Kelly's survivors and the #MuteRKelly campaign launched after Buzzfeed published an investigation by Jim DeRogatis in July 2017. The Girl Talk starts at 6:30 PM, and tickets are $10.

In December, underappreciated Milwaukee power-pop group Yipes! released their first full-length in 38 years, titled Yipes!!! Their reunion record features the band's original lineup, and their new songs should hit the same sweet spot as their classic material. On Wednesday, February 13, Yipes! headline the Beat Kitchen; tickets cost $12 and the show starts at 7 PM.  v

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