Birthmark, Melina Ausikaitis | Hideout | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Birthmark, Melina Ausikaitis 

When: Tue., March 3, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $10, $40 five-show pass
In March the Hideout’s Tuesday-night residency is dedicated to the 20th birthday of Joan of Arc—the local avant-garde indie-rock collective headed by Tim Kinsella—and the sprawling family of musicians that surrounds the band. Different musical and artistic endeavors related to Kinsella and Joan of Arc will take the stage over the course of five weeks, including his brother Mike’s solo project Owen, their mutual emo effort Owls, and artist Todd Mattei, who will present short films each week. The residency kicks off with a show headlined by Birthmark, the solo venture of cousin Nate Kinsella, who once manned the drums and keyboards for Tim’s defunct Make Believe and is currently playing bass in Mike’s reunited American Football. Since 2006 Nate has created knotty, lush, progressive indie pop under the moniker, as he layers electronics, woodwinds, and strings atop a groundwork of guitars and drums. The ability to craft fractured, dense, and mesmerizing music must be a trait located deep in Kinsella genes, because the bizarre and beautiful songs Nate creates fall perfectly in line with the work of his cousins. Even his voice walks the line between Tim’s unhinged quirkiness and Mike’s smooth restraint. —Luca Cimarusti

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