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You can bet that whenever a rock band picks up acoustic guitars, some unimaginative bozo is going to stick it with the tag "folk-rock." But you can do more with an acoustic guitar than be a folkie; you can also rock with beautiful, catchy, breezy songs full of cool/weird lyrics like "Lay yourself on the table / And I will elevate you." You could litter your tunes with great guitar runs and melodica riffs and haunting vocal harmonies that sound a little like early Moby Grape. To really prove your coolness, you could even cover a Captain Beefheart song ("Zig Zag Wanderer") on your 1986 debut EP, New Campfire Songs. And then when your brand new album, Three Squares and a Roof, came out, it might suddenly become clear you're the coolest band in America, as refreshing as a hit of ice-cold seltzer water. But then again, the Balancing Act have already thought of all this, so maybe you'd have to come up with something else. Today, 4:30 PM, Pravda Records, 3728 N. Clark; 549-3776. Tonight, Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison; 327-1662.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Beth Herzhaft.


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