Bully in the Hallway, Mark Mallman, Melismatics, Late Aprill | Reggie's Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Bully in the Hallway, Mark Mallman, Melismatics, Late Aprill 

When: Fri., Sept. 25, 8 p.m. 2009
Price: $10
Minneapolis piano man Mark Mallman displayed a weird kind of nards on “Substances,” a track from his 2006 album Between the Devil and Middle C—he delivered a litany of abusable drugs in pretty much the same cadence Billy Joel used to rattle off all the terrible things baby boomers aren’t responsible for in his regrettable 1989 hit “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” Ugh, right? But if you ask me, Mallman sold it. “Substances” is typical of his stuff: he lays down sharp hooks at a perfect pace while earnestly belting out his lyrics about deranged debauchery and failed searches for the meaning of life in the urban midwest. On his latest, this summer’s Invincible Criminal (Badman), Mallman’s in excellent voice, and the songs are as catchy and desperate as ever. Bully in the Hallway headlines; Mallman and the Melismatics open. —Ann Sterzinger

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