The Lowbrow Reader Variety Hour

Drag City presents

The Lowbrow Reader Variety Hour

Ezra Furman, Daniel Knox, Charlie Bury

Thu, July 5, 2012

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL


Tickets at the Door

This is a 21 & over show

The Lowbrow Reader Variety Hour
The Lowbrow Reader Variety Hour
The Lowbrow Reader is a comedy journal published once a year, give or take. It contains long articles and funny illustrations. We have featured work by David Berman, Shelley Berman, Justin Bond, Neil Michael Hagerty, Lee Hazlewood, Patton Oswalt, Jonathan Richman, Gilbert Rogin and other awesome writers, cartoonists and comedians. We are based in New York City but available in fine stores everywhere.

We are thrilled to announce the imminent publication of our first book: The Lowbrow Reader Reader, due May 22 on Drag City Books.

The Lowbrow Reader is edited by Jay Ruttenberg and designed by Matthew Berube.
Ezra Furman
Ezra Furman
Americans have an undeniable and insatiable appetite for voyeurism. Readily feeding them hearty portions is front-man Ezra Furman, who makes no qualms about peddling the deeply personal to the public and draws no drapes between himself and an audience thanks to his pulsating, confessional songwriting style. Through his eponymous Chicago-based quartet, Ezra Furman & the Harpoons, Furman employs the same open-chest honesty that drew ire for Ginsberg's Howl and spawned speculation of Cohen's Chelsea Hotel as he pines for his Wild Rosemarie and recounts bouts of transience during the making of the band's upcoming third studio LP, Mysterious Power.

With lyrics featuring the fittingly dualistic motif of blood – representing both the humor d'amour and the stomach-turning stains of tragedy – Furman's music madly swings between wide-eyed sentimentality and brutally truthful accounts of life's grotesqueries. Forging ahead with Furman's brazenly rust-tinged croons, the band solders rollicking rockabilly rhythm and love-struck doo-wop sensibility with punk-rock ferocity and immediacy. In a musical alloy as unlikely as it is engaging, Furman finds release for bleeding-heart sensitivity and bloody-knuckled brawls of conscience as he "declares open warfare on jadedness, cynicism and irony." (Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune)

Ezra Furman & The Harpoons are putting forth their tautest album to date with Mysterious Power, as produced by Doug Boehm (French Kicks, Starsailor). There is an impressive range of styles and sounds in this newest set of songs, but there is also a palpable cohesiveness that can in part be attributed to the full incorporation of guitarist Andrew Langer. A veteran of the Chicago-area outfit The Redwalls, Langer was used only in guest spots on the band's second album; however, his being woven into the fabric of Mysterious Power, along with the eruptive energy of Adam Abrutyn's drumbeats and the volatile McCartney-wails of Job Mukkada's harmonies, lends a complementary sonic counterweight to Furman's lyrics that drives the music forward.
Daniel Knox
Daniel Knox
With a baritone as dynamic as it is indestructible, Daniel Knox narrates compositions with a perverse and sometimes comical wit, guiding the listener through sprawling worlds that exist just out of frame.

His work has inspired a diverse cast of collaborators that lie inside and outside his realm of alternative Americana, such as Jarvis Cocker, Thor Harris (Swans, Freakwater), and The Handsome Family with recent performances that include the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Andrew Bird, and Swans.

On his most recent self-titled effort (Carrot Top 2016), he guides the listener through narratives of time travel, middle American abandon, forgotten landscapes, and the people who live there. Knox lives and works in Chicago.

“Sly and refreshingly mean-spirited”
-TimeOut NY

"Possesses a ferocious talent that lures you deep into his twisted but fascinating world"

"An achingly lovely exercise in vintage, chrome-plated, wood-paneled Americana | 8/10"
Charlie Bury
Charlie Bury
I perform live, comedically. Part of me lives up there on that stage, under those lights, in front of the people.

Facebook comments:

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