Wet Hair, Fabulous Diamonds, Pigeons, Running | Empty Bottle | Experimental | Chicago Reader
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Wet Hair, Fabulous Diamonds, Pigeons, Running Critic's Choice Recommended The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., Nov. 2, 9 p.m. 2010
Price: $8, $5 in advance
Iowa City noise-damage duo Wet Hair sound like a real product of their environment—the most "normal" places have a way of bringing out the fucked-up extremes in people. Shawn Reed and Ryan Garbes take the wizard licks of their previous outfit, the psych band Raccoo-oo-oon, and toss them overboard into a sea of tape loops and rotten scuzz and scary-voiced singing. (Though "singing" might be pushing it, as Reed's vocals sound like someone told him to do an imitation of Ian Curtis working at a haunted house.) The songs are filled out with whinnying organ drones, slow-chugging walls of sludge, and occasional free-rock solos. Think chopped-and-screwed Chrome without the paranoia or Zola Jesus for guys addicted to cold medicine and you're halfway there. The Fabulous Diamonds, Pigeons, and Running open. —Jessica Hopper



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