Canasta; Brighton, MA | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Sat., May 8, 10:30 p.m. 2010
Price: $14
The orchestrated pop on this local sextet's new full-length, The Fakeout, the Tease and the Breather (RWIM Chicago), is so perfect—every note falling into place with deeply satisfying craftsmanship—that you'll swear you've heard it before. But you haven't, unless it was in one of Obama's online campaign videos—the band performed at an early fund-raiser with him and later provided music for ads. Bandleaders Matt Priest (lead vocals, bass, trombone) and Elizabeth Lindau (vocals, violin, keyboard) are just tuned into some form of divine radio where all the best of indie pop, yacht rock, and sad troubadour folk present themselves in virgin form. The uncomfortably intimate "Plan Your Escape," the slinky "Appreciation," and the sweetly bitter "Shortcut" set the tone for the revelation that this sad puppy has teeth. This and an earlier show with Gregory the Hawk (minus Brighton, MA) are release parties for the new album. —Monica Kendrick



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