It List: Thursday
Sondre Lerche/Dan Wilson (Club Dada): This will probably be the biggest Dada show since Ghostland Observatory packed the place last year, and this artist is considerably more popular and internationally recognized. Sondre Lerche is one of those artists that plays it so safe and middle of the road, which has ironically made him the lightning rod of many a music argument I've heard in the past few years. In fact, I think the opinion is fairly split around We Shot JR Headquarters. If you've made up your mind, get to Club Dada early as this might sell out. I've been waiting a long time to type that sentence.
Chin Up Chin Up/Handbrake/The Ponys (Rubber Gloves): I've never quite understood the appeal of Chin Up Chin Up. There's something a little too overwrought about the singing, or the fact that they basically make "Emo For Smart People" or something along those lines. The Ponys are a slightly better Chicago act with more dated influences, and some of their work for In The Red rocks just enough to be noteworthy, except when the Jagger/Richards wannabe tendencies get out of hand. Actually, that goes for a lot of almost decent bands. Handbrake performs somewhat sporadically and I've missed them on too many occasions now. Their music has a very nice treble-encrusted sound that I'm sure is murder on the ears live, but that's okay. Most people's ears deserve to be murdered every now and then.
ADD: Sorry, forgot to throw this one up there--
San Serac/Keith P/Wanz Dover (Fallout): Should be a big show for Stereo on Strike this evening as the somewhat buzzed about San Serac invades Fallout Lounge. The work I've heard from him has ended up reminding me of the highly respected and MUCH buzzed about French producer Kavinsky-- sort of a spaced out, highly stylized throwback early 80's synth pop thing that recalls everything from the synth funk of Dirty Minds era Prince to Gary Numan to Yellow Magic Orchestra to mid period Human League and Heaven 17. It's really pretty quality stuff, and I think the accompanying DJ sets will go nicely with it. It's nothing you haven't heard before, but whatever. (SR)