Champagne Champagne, Pocahaunted, Emanuel Vinson, E.T. Habit, Brain Idea | Ronny's | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Champagne Champagne, Pocahaunted, Emanuel Vinson, E.T. Habit, Brain Idea The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Sat., June 5, 8 p.m. 2010
Price: $10, 17+
This crazily prolific Los Angeles band makes a virtue of its frequent lineup shifts and wild stylistic schizophrenia. On the more than a dozen live and studio records Pocahaunted has released since 2006, there's little by way of a consistent vision, unless you count calculatedly loose performances, quick-and-dirty studio techniques, and a druggy vibe—depending on the recording, you might hear tribal percussion jams, quasi-soul, dub, drone, or psychedelia. On their latest album, Make It Real (Not Not Fun), Pocahaunted embraces reggae the way the Slits embraced reggae—that is, without much concern for fidelity to its traditions. The loping bass lines, skittering beats, and dubby, spaced-out textures vaguely suggest the style, but the wiry, echoing guitar riffs and swampy organ swells don't; above it all, two female voices smothered in reverb bounce and float around each other like lottery balls on jets of air. I've never seen the band live, but their shows are reputed to have a hypnotizing intensity only hinted at by their studio recordings. —Peter Margasak



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