Eleventh Dream Day, Dump, Sidi Toure | Hideout | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Eleventh Dream Day, Dump, Sidi Toure 

When: Sun., April 13, 7:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $10
Ever since Eleventh Dream Day turned their backs on major-label deals and the hard-touring life in 1993, they’ve been demonstrating the wisdom of only doing something when you’re good and ready. Sometimes that’s meant they’ve booked just a couple shows a year or waited six years between albums, but whenever they did play, you could be sure they really wanted to—and the fire and soul of their performances proved it. Lately, though, Eleventh Dream Day have been speeding up a bit. Three years after their previous long player, they’ve written ten new songs, and to tighten them up they’re pursuing the same strategy that made 2011’s Riot Now! (Thrill Jockey) their best album since the mid-90s. The current lineup of Rick Rizzo (vocals, guitar), Janet Beveridge Bean (drums, vocals), Doug McCombs (bass, guitar), Mark Greenberg (keyboards), and Jim Elkington (guitar) will play the new tunes and a few choice old ones every Sunday in April at the Hideout; that should be enough to get everybody into recording trim. —Bill Meyer
Dump is the long-running solo project of Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew, and for the past decade it’s been pretty quiet. That spell of inactivity is over, though: last year he reissued some of his early work, toured in Europe for the first time, and released The Silent Treatment (on subscription label Grapefruit). The new one picks right up where his previous album, 2003’s Grown-Ass Man, left off—it’s dreamy, lo-fi bedroom pop with generous dollops of blue-eyed soul, classic rock, and murky ambience. McNew builds some of his songs from clever samples: “I Don’t Mind” swipes and slows down beats from Tom Ze’s “Ma,” and “Grasshopper” borrows a familiar phrase from Erik Satie’s “Gymnopédie No. 1.” No matter what raw materials he uses, though, McNew retains his penchant for endearing, homemade hooks writ small. Dump opens for Eleventh Dream Day, who are entering the second week of a monthlong Sunday residency at the Hideout. —Peter Margasak Eleventh Dream Day headlines; Dump and Sidi Toure open.


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