Slingshot Dakota, the City on Film, the Please & Thank Yous, Warren Franklin & the Founding Fathers | Township | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Slingshot Dakota, the City on Film, the Please & Thank Yous, Warren Franklin & the Founding Fathers 

When: Fri., Nov. 7, 6 p.m. 2014
Price: $8
Singer-songwriter Bob Nanna is probably best known as a member of second-wave emo band Braid, which he cofounded in 1993, but his solo project the City on Film has been around since ’97, the year before Braid released their defining album, Frame & Canvas. Nanna has recorded intermittently as the City on Film, releasing a handful of singles and EPs and a 2003 full-length; in the meantime his other bands—Hey Mercedes, Certain People I Know, Jack & Ace, Lifted Bells—have formed, broken up, or reunited. This summer Braid released their first album in 16 years, No Coast, and now Nanna is about to drop a second City on Film LP, La Vella (Topshelf). Its sweet, refined songs have an intimacy that makes it feel like he’s written them for an audience of one—partly because he originally recorded them for fans who hired him through his songwriting service, Downwrite, to get customized tunes for themselves or for their special someones. (Nanna rerecorded them with the blessings of his clients, who will also receive royalties from La Vella.) Some of the songs are so great that I’m almost jealous of the folks who inspired or received them in the first place—the mystifying, low-key “I Blindly” is one of my favorite emo tunes of the year. Two of Nanna’s bandmates in Lifted Bells—Seth Engel and Kyle Geib—will join him tonight for a rare full-band City on Film performance. —Leor Galil

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