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Friday, March 24, 2006

the dreamy, demonic Rhett Miller

Posted by on March 24 at 10:37 AM

If you blew off last night’s stellar solo show by Rhett Miller at the Showbox, fie on you. Backed by his other ensemble, the Believers, the handsome Old 97’s front man turned in a sweat-drenched, high-kicking set of songs from his two solo albums - including the brand new The Believer - and 97’s tunes his “ornery” compadres in his primary group don’t like to play live (“Nineteen”). I’ve grumbled about the poppier direction the ’97s were headed in in the past, but now that Rhett has a full-time solo career, too, his diverse catalog makes more sense. Decide for yourself: He plays a free in-store at the Queen Anne Easy Street Records today at 6 PM. Then, at 8 PM, he’s at EMP, where he promised the crowd he’d be hosting a “devil-worshiping human sacrifice,” although it’s billed as an Oral History… to throw off the authorities, one assumes.

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Speaking as a straight man, I can safely say that Rhett Miller is indeed dreamy. And his first solo album, "The Instigator", is one of the great pop ercords of the last 5 years.

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