Steve Wynn, Acoustic Sideshow | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Steve Wynn, Acoustic Sideshow 

When: Tue., Jan. 20, 8 p.m. 2009
Price: $10
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Steve Wynn has had a fruitful solo career in the 20 years since the Dream Syndi­cate broke up, but he’s still most associated with his old band’s indelible songs—tunes like “Halloween” and “The Days of Wine and Roses,” though derivative to an almost ballsy extent (think early Velvet Underground, except with less tenement and more trailer park), helped establish an eerie strain of aggro Americana, audible today in an awful lot of the Bloodshot roster. For his newest album, Crossing Dragon Bridge (Rock Ridge Music), Wynn left behind his usual collaborators and traveled to Slovenia, where he was apparently inspired to make music even more haunted with sadness than his usual stuff. He was trying for a stripped-down acoustic record, but like Leonard Cohen, his most obvious model for this project, he ended up with a lot of company—in this case including a chamber orchestra and a women’s choir—to underline his loneliness. Wynn plays solo here; the Acoustic Sideshow opens. —Monica Kendrick

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