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Chaperone, Ami Saraiya, Transmontane 

When: Fri., Jan. 7, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $8
Cripple King, the self-released debut EP from local sextet Chaperone, stands out from the sprawling pack of records that combine the Arcade Fire's sweeping pop Americana with Neutral Milk Hotel's orchestral twee. I can't even hazard a guess as to how many bands are attempting that sound in Chicago, never mind globally—their interchangeability makes keeping track of them a bit of a waste of time, though they're certainly cherished by manufacturers of toy pianos, glockenspiels, and musical saws. Two songs on Cripple King account for much of its distinctiveness: the taut, nervy "Fed on Coal," which opens the disc, and "Letter to Home," which is one of the rare "rootsy" indie-rock songs you could imagine being performed by a real country singer. Ami Saraiya and Transmontane open. Chaperone main man Shaun Paul and a couple other members of the band play an acoustic "Dirtroom" show at Double Door on Tuesday, January 11; it's at 8 PM and it's free.
—Miles Raymer

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