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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tonight in Music: Laurie Anderson, Pinback, Lake, the Saturday Knights, UNKLE, and more!

posted by on October 16 at 9:00 AM

Lake’s at 20/20 Cycle tonight, playing an all-ages show with Desolation Wilderness. The band’s new album Oh, the Places We’ll Go just got a three-star review from Eric Grandy: “Lake are a soft-rocking glee club whose cool, almost a cappella dream pop and lyrical doo-wop wouldn’t sound entirely out of place in 1951, the year Capitol Lake was dredged out of some mudflats.” Click here to read the whole thing.

Also tonight, the Saturday Knights are playing a FREE show at Neumo’s, and Cancer Rising will be at J&M. As Larry Mizell says, you gotta pick your poison (and if you want to go to the Saturday Knights show, he has the info on how to get on the list in this week’s My Philosophy).

Here are a few more options, via this week’s Up & Comings:

Laurie Anderson - “O Superman”
Laurie Anderson
(Moore) Laurie Anderson’s last performance at the Moore occurred one week after Bush narrowly won the 2004 election. Between spells on the violin, she explained that she had never felt like part of society’s uniform group. But once the country was divided into two distinct halves, she finally found her people. It marked a shift away from Anderson’s decades of social commentary wrapped in inventive sampling and synthesizer works. This week’s visit continues her trajectory as a political commentator. The performance is based on her next album, Homeland, marked by a “political urgency” and the “current climate of fear.” She’ll be backed by Okkyung Lee, Eyvind Kang, Peter Scherer, and Skúli Sverrisson. DOMINIC HOLDEN
Pinback - “AFK”
Pinback, Mr. Tube
(Showbox at the Market) I can’t recall the first time I heard a lot bands, but I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard Pinback via their sophomore album, Blue Screen Life. For the record, I was building a diorama in my college classmate’s bedroom, but that’s unimportant. What’s crucial is that it’s a rare record that can leave such an indelible first impression, attaching itself to a memory as though predestined or at least digitally added in postproduction, a blue-screened memory. Since then, Pinback have seemed less memorable, as they repeatedly reiterate their perfectly understated, intricate, and subliminally catchy indie-rock sound (although “AFK” is one hell of an earworm). Still, who knows which moments will stick with you? Tonight might be the most haunting Pinback performance yet. ERIC GRANDY
UNKLE - “Eye for an Eye”
(Trinity) It’s telling that before James Lavelle’s UNKLE even really launched their debut, Psyence Fiction, cofounder Tim Goldsworthy abandoned the project for NYC and, eventually, the DFA. They’re clearly still friendly—the DFA remixed UNKLE’s “In a State,” for instance—but there is an oceanic divide in style and taste. While there’s some overlap in whom the two outfits work with, Lavelle’s collaborations tend more toward middle-of-the-road marquee acts like the Beastie Boys or Josh Homme. It’s like Lavelle is still looking for that big rock/electronic breakthrough, while the DFA have been making it happen for years. UNKLE’s latest, End Titles… Stories for Films (not a proper album, but a collection of unreleased tracks, film/TV scores, and other oddities), isn’t likely to change matters. ERIC GRANDY

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Who are the mysterious Tall/Colds playing at the Comet tonight? They sure do look a lot like the much beloved and missed Fastbacks.

Posted by Mr_Friendly | October 16, 2008 10:56 AM

UNKLE hasn't really been the same since Josh Davis (aka DJ Shadow) abandoned the project...

Posted by Amnesiac79 | October 16, 2008 2:53 PM

Yeah, that too.

Posted by Eric Grandy | October 16, 2008 3:52 PM

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