Cains & Abels

Coach House Sounds presents

Cains & Abels

Baron von Something, Erik Hall (solo)

Thu, December 20, 2012

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL


Tickets Available at the Door

Cains & Abels - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
Cains & Abels
Although they’ve regularly been compared to certain lovesick folksingers, Cains & Abels lack any of the helplessness so often present in the classic folk rock oeuvre. Sampson writes songs that are indeed heartbroken—for lack of money, love, communication—but they’re also hopeful and aware of their own strength. Like the ballads born out of the mountains in the Appalachians, Cains & Abels songs tell stories using rich imagery and narrative. Sampson, however, doesn’t tell his tale over an acoustic guitar. This is rock and roll that recalls the sounds that lived inside Sampson’s teenage boom box: from classic soul and Elvis to more modern players like Neutral Milk Hotel and Will Oldham.
Sampson has a galloping, powerful voice, and it glides over the rich, warm guitar chords and spare drum beats of the bands emotive songs like a sermon and, sometimes, like a plea. The songs themselves present that opposition at times. They can be quiet and introspective, and then, at the next turn, booming and bursting with universal themes. Their new album, My Life Is Easy, begins with a soft harmony and a nearly tribal beat, with Sampson’s big voice filling the space with a plea for communication. On paper, this need is simple, something solved by a tiny phone call, but for a Cains & Abels song, the tiny call becomes a battle cry.
Baron von Something - (Set time: 9:45 PM)
Baron von Something
Matthew Baron - guitar/vocals
Nick Kabat - drums
Max Beckman - bass
Erica Ramanauskas - vocals

Coach House Sounds founder, Future Hits leader and Chicago Pubic Schools teacher Matt Baron's longest running project is his namesake band, Baron von Something. All of his former bandmates have moved out of state or moved on; the band has recently been reincarnated as a four-piece with two DePaul jazz school alumni ringers on bass (Max Beckman) and drums (Nick Kabat), as well as vocalist/keyboardist Erica Ramanauskas.
Erik Hall (solo) - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Erik Hall (solo)
Guitarist in Wild Belle, In Tall Buildings, and NOMO.

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642