Rainer Maria, Love of Everything, Vetter Kids | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Rainer Maria, Love of Everything, Vetter Kids 

When: Sat., Feb. 14, 10 p.m. 2015
Price: $20
The gender and racial imbalance of the 90s emo scene was one of the least golden aspects of the genre’s “golden age.” Bassist-vocalist Caithlin De Marrais helped set Rainer Maria apart in that respect, and the trio’s intuitive grasp of pop and dramatic, dynamic shifts set them apart even further. At this point the group’s influence has lasted well beyond the cresting of emo’s second wave and their own dissolution in 2006, and the music has aged well too. Rainer Maria’s 1997 debut, Past Worn Searching (Polyvinyl), channeled the influence of Sunny Day Real Estate and the vibe of the basement-show culture of its hometown of Madison through a colorful electricity and plainspoken midwestern wistfulness. But by the time the band moved to Brooklyn and released their fourth album, 2003’s Long Knives Drawn (Polyvinyl), they’d broadened their sound to be more indie-rock flavored, though the group were far more ferocious and punk-driven than the bulk of the early-aughties acts. The band’s reunion comes as emo’s fourth wave continues to grow and prosper; among the young acts indebted to them is Chicago’s Kittyhawk. whose front woman, Kate Grube, interviewed Rainer Maria drummer Bill Kuehn for this week’s Artist on Artist. —Leor Galil
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