Connan Mockasin, Kirin J Callinan | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Connan Mockasin, Kirin J Callinan 

When: Wed., May 7, 8:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $15
Just try to overestimate the bizarre boldness of singer-songwriter Kirin J Callinan. It’s in the smoky, drama-filled yowls that he spits out like he’s trying to upstage an entire avant-garde poetry slam. It’s in his crackling beats, which might sound like an ethereal indie-rock arrangement or like something picked from AraabMuzik’s back pocket. And it’s in his visual aesthetic—the video for “Landslide” consists entirely of the Aussie smeared with mud and suspended upside-down over a body of water. Callinan’s solo debut, last year’s Embracism (Terrible), can be herky-jerky in its construction—it might play around with operatic rock on one track, then dive into some sort of electro-industrial experiment with a Nick Cave vocal twist on the next. But I’ll pick the peculiar over the predictable any day. —Kevin Warwick

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