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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tonight in Music: Mount Eerie, Modern Baseball, Big Black Cloud

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 12:25 PM


MOUNT EERIE, ARRINGTON DE DIONYSO, KEY LOSERS
(Information Warehouse, 411 SE 6th) Mount Eerie's late-2013 release, Pre-Human Ideas, filtered Phil Elverum's nuanced songcraft from previous albums Clear Moon and Ocean Roar through the digital ringer. Elverum's experimental leanings have been well documented, from his abandonment of the successful Microphones moniker to forays into his own version of black metal (2009's Wind's Poem). The interpretations on Pre-Human Ideas are meant to be mostly that: Elverum's previously humanoid compositions are tinseled with pitch-corrected silliness and MIDI-fied vignettes of trance-y mellowness. Whether Elverum chases that same vibe at this show or not, you will likely be engaged. RYAN J. PRADO


THE WONDER YEARS, FIREWORKS, REAL FRIENDS, CITIZEN, MODERN BASEBALL
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) Nineties emo revivalists du jour Modern Baseball's new record, You're Gonna Miss It All, debuted at number 84, one spot ahead of Daughtry and five behind Nickelback. While it's common knowledge that the charts are something of a ghost town, the staggering juxtaposition of a DIY band with major-label juggernauts on a list of best-selling records is statistical proof that perhaps there's something to this "emo comeback" after all (beyond a bunch of music writers lazily taking cues from each other). Are Modern Baseball the Nirvana of said resurgence? Probably not, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth the print space: You're Gonna Miss It All is a well-conceived and thoroughly enjoyable pop record whose prime cuts ("Rock Bottom," "Apartment," "Your Graduation") sound like the Weakerthans/Smoking Popes synthesis that exists in my dreams. Look out, Nickelback—your days are numbered. MORGAN TROPER


BIG BLACK CLOUD, MARRIAGE + CANCER, POLST
(Foggy Notion, 3416 N Lombard) If you snoozed on Big Black Cloud's Black Friday, then you've got some homework to do as soon as you put this paper down and/or get off the computer. Go buy it, like, yesterday. The local wrecking trio used to go by the more unwieldy moniker of Here Comes a Big Black Cloud, and were a sprawling, psychedelic garage-rock group. They've gotten a lot leaner and meaner since dropping half their name, and now they're cranking out much more menacing noise-rock. Last year's Black Friday is what they were warning us about this whole time. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN

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