cavemanColumbus Calling friends Paul and Mike traveled to Iceland in 2013 to check out the Iceland Airwaves music festival and both sang the praises of one of the acts they caught, Brooklyn’s Caveman. The six-piece band blends a number of influences, from ’80s synth-rock to more heartland singer-songwriter stuff ala Springsteen and Petty. It makes sense that they’ve been invited to perform on festival stages like Sasquatch and Bonnaroo while doing smaller venue dates opening for Jeff Tweedy and The War on Drugs. Caveman’s third album, Otero War, is due out in June but the band’s hit the road to try out some of the newer material while delivering tracks from their first two albums including “In the City” (the video of which featured actress Julia Stiles). Caveman will open for Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit at The Newport Music Hall on Monday night. Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 at the door.

On his way to a gig in Milwaukee, Caveman’s lead singer Matthew Iwanusa gave me a call from the tour van and we talked about bad traffic, the ’80s influence on the new album, the cinematic qualities of the band’s songs, and arcade games, among other things.

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Check out this great story about how the album cover came to be by artist Marc Ericksen.