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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Shows to see: Jeremy Pelt, K-Holes, Witch Mountain, the Reigning Sound

Posted By on 06.14.12 at 12:50 PM

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Like it or not, the invasion of the summer street festivals is under way. The city certainly hosts its share of gargantuan blowouts (for instance this weekend's Spring Awakening Festival or that thing that happens in Grant Park in August), but it hangs its hat on the street fest. This weekend has the Taste of Randolph Street, with headliners the Hold Steady, Los Campesinos!, and Those Darlins soundtracking a collective scarfing down of upscale street-fair fare. That doesn't sound too shabby, really, but plenty of people (myself often included) don't care to jostle through the hordes of inebriated festivalgoers slamming beer bongs from second-story windows for a regularly touring band that'll likely return in the fall.

So I implore you to get out of your house during this beautiful weather in order to support local businesses that may actually suffer because people would rather be outside in the warmth. This week's Soundboard offers plenty of options for those who prefer the homey confines of a bar or club, where alcohol comes in glass and the musicians (usually) don't wear sunglasses onstage.

Thu 6/14 through Sun 6/17: Jeremy Pelt Quintet at Jazz Showcase
Tonight trumpeter Jeremy Pelt begins a four-night stint at the Jazz Showcase, where he worked out the kinks in some new material during his previous visit and shortly thereafter recorded it for the album Soul. Peter Margasak is pretty high on the record, to put it lightly: "The group's highly attuned interaction reminds me of the Miles Davis Quintet with Wayne Shorter, though none of these musicians sound much like their counterparts in that classic lineup—the way Pelt and tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen play off each other, creating gorgeous harmonies that float with weightless grace over the coolly percolating, patient grooves, is much like the trademark rapport of the Davis band (and it's very hard to pull off)."

Fri 6/15: K-Holes at Township
Unless Township miraculously installed a more powerful air-conditioning system this week, this show is going to be sweaty—so be prepared. But seeing that Brian Costello describes the K-Holes as "perhaps a more earthbound Human Eye," sweaty and gross might be just right. He goes on to describe the band's onstage sound as "howling waves of future-primitive ecstasy, a sonic chiaroscuro for the shart-rock set." Hello, my Friday night.

Sat 6/16: Witch Mountain at Empty Bottle
Monica Kendrick sure appreciated it when Oregon doom band Witch Mountain hired vocalist Uta Plotkin, who joined in 2009 and debuted with the group—with a voice Kendrick describes as "a little bit Sandy Denny, a little bit Janis Joplin, a whole lot of terrible beauty"—on last year's South of Salem. The new Cauldron of the Wild, in Kendrick's words, is "very organic sounding, with an outdoorsy, bonfire-jumping intimacy in its grooves."

Sun 6/17: The Reigning Sound at Double Door
I admit it's a little out of whack that my first experience with Greg Cartwright's bar-lounge vocals and perfect garage-guitar hooks was with the Reigning Sound and not during his dirtier days with the Oblivians and the Compulsive Gamblers. But the Reigning Sound script such a perfect scene of vintage, poppy garage rock that it almost sounds more genuine once you know where the front man began. Last year's Abdication . . . for Your Love can be somber and introspective one minute and organ-loaded and danceable the next; it's one part Oblivians and most parts 60s-style rock 'n' roll with hints of old-school R&B. I can think of few better ways to entertain yourself on a Sunday night.

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