The ELB hosts Wisconsin’s Sunspot April 21

The Madison, Wis., group Sunspot logged more than 16,000 miles in 2005 around the country. Now they’re set to play their first 2006 Rockford show at The Emmanuel Lutheran Basement (ELB) April 21.

The performance will be the group’s first area club date since releasing its new album, Cynical, in November.

Sunspot plays explosive anthemic rock and is influenced by bands like NOFX, Weezer and Van Halen. Sunspot shows are popular because they appeal to both the visceral and intellectual side of the audience. They’re not afraid to engage the audience through obscure pop references (crowd favorite “Scott Bakula” is a testament to that, even being used by Scott himself as the theme for his 50th birthday party), or through aggressive and energetic hard-rock with big guitar solos and even bigger choruses.

The Platteville Exponent called them “hair-punk” and it’s an appropriate moniker.

Sunspot has opened for bands such as Death Cab For Cutie, Hot Hot Heat, Pilot to Gunner, Sponge, SevenMaryThree and House of Large Sizes. They won the Wisconsin Area Music Industry’s Artist of the Year in 2005, and the Madison Area Music Award for Best Rock Album in 2004 for their CD, Loser of the Year.

The show at The ELB is all ages. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and cover is $5.

From the April 19-25, 2006, issue

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