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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: Gorilla Knifefight, X Harlow

A smorgasbord of talented acts took the stage at Cactus Club on Sunday night. Milwaukee solo project Gorilla Knifefight kicked things off followed by New York-by-way-of-Milwaukee artist X Harlow, Chicago-based EBM project Club Music, and Cincinnati post-punk band The Serfs. Gorilla Knifefight is the hardcore punk project of Matt Glassel, where he sings with backing tracks. Glassel is known to

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AUDIO: X Harlow – “Cathars”

Industrial-emo post-punk artist X Harlow has a new album out on Sweat Equity. It’s a dense, abstract record that contemplates the persevering human spirit through calamitous landscapes. Some pieces serve as meditative interludes of gothic waves juxtaposed with medieval chants (“Lost in Her House”, “Metempsychosis”) while other tunes contain more of a pop structure, finding Schmidt lyrically ruminating on secluded

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VIDEO: X Harlow – “Parking Lot”

Industrial post-punk artist X Harlow has the visual out to “Parking Lot” from their recent album “Anchorite.” Shot by Samer Ghani while directed by Justin Schmidt (X Harlow) and Tasha Woods, the video depicts Schmidt dancing and grooving in various spots around Milwaukee, both in nature and against the skyline. They’re also shown repeatedly wearing a skull mask with a

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AUDIO: X Harlow – “Anchorite”

X Harlow is the electronic post-punk project of Justin Schmidt. Originally from Milwaukee but currently living in Brooklyn, Schmidt wrote these songs during the pandemic as they’d felt vitriol at the government’s blatant mishandling of public safety. They incorporate industrial, hip hop, techno, and ambient into a truly visceral, captivating listening experience touching on grief and loss. The title comes

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