Will Butler, Hearing Things | Hideout | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Mon., March 23, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: sold out
Former Chicago reedist Matt Bauder is a dyed-in-the-wool jazz musician, but he’s long made a virtue of his versatility. He’s not only worked as a sideman in rock bands like Iron & Wine and Arcade Fire, but also played in the house band for the musical Fela! and put his spin on doo-wop and 50s pop in his project White Blue Yellow & Clouds—and that’s to say nothing of his super leadership of the bold jazz quintet Day in Pictures. Bauder’s latest endeavor, Hearing Things, is a trio that features fellow jazz musicians J.P. Schlegelmilch—a keyboardist who lays down raunchy and distorted organ here—and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza. Together the trio play a kind Middle Eastern-flavored surf rock mixed with old-school R&B honking and striptease-worthy themes. I’ve only heard the music from the group’s first single, “Hawks,” but it’s a blast of fun, the craftsmanship of the players never getting in the way of the grooves and hybrid melodies. —Peter Margasak
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