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When: Fri., July 12, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $15
Boston band Come are among the latest indie-rock veterans to hop on the reunion bandwagon, and this show—their first in Chicago in more than a decade—arrives on the heels of a deluxe Matador reissue of their killer 1993 debut, Eleven: Eleven, which adds a disc of live recordings made around the same time. The group’s two key members, guitarist-vocalist Thalia Zedek and guitarist Chris Brokaw, continue to make strong music in other contexts today (Zedek has a terrific new Thrill Jockey album called Via), so this reunion—which also includes the original rhythm section, bassist Sean O’Brien and drummer Arthur Johnson—doesn’t feel like an icky nostalgia cash-in to me. It also helps that Come’s music has aged much better than the facile grunge and noise-rock that surrounded the band in the early 90s. Their dark, murky blues-rock put feeling over form: while Zedek and Brokaw wove together slashing guitar lines, the former sang with a smoky soulfulness about the ennui and loneliness of a life on the margins. I’m no romantic when it comes to heroin songs, but it’s hard not to feel the narcotic rush Zedek describes in “Submerge,” singing, “Now we sink so softly / Now we sink so deeply.”

On his new album, The Svelteness of Boogietude (Thrill Jockey), central Pennsylvania oddball Brother JT (aka John Terlesky) simultaneously channels the spirits of Marc Bolan (there’s a song called “T. Rex Blues”) and Bootsy Collins—and though this strange collision of glam and groove is unlikely to sound familiar, it feels totally natural once you start listening. The pretty ballad “Gliding” bears a trace of early Bowie, but then Terlesky starts singing about his love of generous female bodies on “Muffin Top”—one of several wordplay-heavy songs on the topic. —Peter Margasak Come headlines; Brother JT and Wrekmeister Harmonies open. Come also plays a free, all-ages in-store set at 3 PM at Saki, 3716 W. Fullerton, with DJ Adam Reach.



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