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Too Few Detours: Minus Six, “Come Out from Where You Hide”; November 27 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-11-22 19:15:25

On Minus Six’s new album Come Out from Where You Hide, “Grassfed” boldly announces itself with gorgeously intertwined fast runs on sax and piano – downhill, then up, and back down again, a deft flash of early jazz grafted onto verses of piano rock. The instrumental breaks elevate the whole, with pianist Kevin Carton and saxophonist Matt Sivertsen given the space to playfully develop and explore.

It’s telling that these sections represent the whole of the song’s progression, as the verses and chorus are (relatively speaking) inert – which is where the album falters as a whole. The dominant style and overly consistent mix don’t sustain interest over the course of the record, and fertile detours don’t come quite often enough.


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Back to Ground Zero: Local H, November 8 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-11-01 11:43:57

Local H's Scott Lucas. Photo by Wade Hawk.

It would have been the perfect time for Scott Lucas to close the door on Local H.

In February, he was mugged in Russia, an attack that left him with damage to his vocal chords – and they still aren’t fully healed. In August, Local H announced that drummer Brian St. Clair was amicably leaving the guitar/drum duo after 14 years.

On the plus side, the band was coming off Hallelujah! I’m a Bum, which one PopMatters.com author dubbed the “best rock album of 2012,” and which TinyMixTapes.com called a “watershed album ... . Not only is it the most intricately arranged and carefully structured of the band’s 20-plus-year history, but it is also their first to delve so deeply into the polluted waters of partisan politics. ... Musically, Hallelujah! is on par with the best entries in the H catalogue. Lucas has a knack for crafting heavy rock with strong, distinctive hooks.” As epitaphs go, a band could do much worse.

But when I asked guitarist/vocalist Lucas last week about shelving his Chicago-area band given the events of 2013, he said he never seriously considered it. “This would be the second time in my life where I would sort of think that,” he said. But “at this point it’s kind of hard to separate myself from the band. When I’m dead, you won’t have to wonder what I thought and what was going through my mind. All you have to do is put on these records, and you’d know. ... This has never been a job for me. I honestly don’t know what else I would do. It is part of me, and it always has been.”


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Photos from the William Elliott Whitmore Concert, August 30 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-09-04 18:20:38

Photos by Anthony Patrizi from RIBCO’s outdoor William Elliott Whitmore concert on August 30, 2013.

Photo by Anthony Patrizi


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A Tantalizing Taste: The Effie Afton’s New EP; Playing RIBCO on September 6
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-09-03 23:38:37

The Effie Afton

The defining characteristic of the self-titled EP from the Quad Cities band the Effie Afton is a pillowy softness – from the singing to the playing to the layer of gauze over the whole affair. Its four songs over 17 minutes are on the somnambulant side, even on the up-tempo “Great Divide” and the standout closing track, “Say Goodbye.” But in a sly trick, this vibe masks a striking evolution over the course of the EP.


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Photos from the Melvins Concert, July 18 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2013-07-24 15:25:55

Photos from the Melvins concert at RIBCO on July 18, 2013, with opener Honky. For more work by Matt Erickson, visit MRE-Photography.com.

The Melvins:

Photo by Matt Erickson, MRE-Photography.com


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