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Thursday, October 9, 2008


The Pica Beats

The track record of young Sub Pop imprint Hardly Art is—irony alert—hardly lacking in artistic merit, but the Pica Beats' sophomore album, Beating Back the Claws of the Cold, is its finest release yet. Singer Ryan Barrett's songs strike a perfect balance between inscrutable but resonant lyrics and simply catchy melodies, and his assembled players surround his worn but able singing with bedroom symphonies of guitar, drums, bowed bass, oboe, piano, synthesized strings and horns, vocal harmonies, and even sitar. This album owns autumn. (Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8000. 8 pm, $7, 21+.)


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Guess one guy is just too special to grow a beard OR wear little eyeglasses - what a showboat.

Posted by tomasyalba | October 9, 2008 11:43 AM

Is that Colin English, formerly of Infomatik, second from the left? I could be wrong.

Dude owns on drums, though this doesn't seem like the kind of project that would require drum "ownage."

Posted by bearseatbeats | October 9, 2008 2:20 PM

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