Waco Brothers, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Danny Black & Nora O'Connor, Deadstring Brothers (solo)

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Waco Brothers, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Danny Black & Nora O'Connor, Deadstring Brothers (solo)

Fri, September 9, 2011

7:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

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Waco Brothers
Waco Brothers
The Waco Brothers have been standing at the corner of punk urgency and Three-Chords-And-The-Truth country for 20 years now. They started at a time when it was deemed patently absurd to mix the two types of music, but the Wacos knew the score; they are different sides of the same coin, the personal wrapped in the political. And instead of travelling calculated creative boulevards during their career, the Waco Brothers have explored dark alleys and winding gravel paths through nine releases, all with the headlights off and the pedal to the metal, worrying (or not worrying) about end results later. With a body of work known for the indelicate and raucous, this may be their most deliberate and punchy yet—no one’s more dangerous than a man with nothing to lose. The title can be read two different ways, after all.


The Waco Brothers have played SXSW every year since 1953 and can usually be found randomly colliding with each other onstage or at their office; Guero's on South Congress
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
Chicago-based chamber pop collective The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir aren’t your typical debauched rock stars reveling in a pastiche of self-destructive clichés. Leading a band that’s shared the stage with both the Arcade Fire and Ira Glass, Spoon and Dave Eggers, it’s clear that lead singer, guitarist, and keyboard player Elia and his scrappy group are comfortable straddling the divide between the debased rock ‘n’ roll world and the high-minded literati. As it turns out, both shoes fit. Not content with merely performing with some of the most notable names in independent music, the band has explored their connections with the literary and theatrical worlds, performing with Eggers, DeRogatis, This American Life’s Glass, author Joe Meno, and Saturday Night Live regular Fred Armisen.

With Welsh-born Elia as the ringleader, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir is a free-spirited collective of musical visionaries who turn out exuberant and rough-hewn chamber pop. Among the talent that performs and/or records with the Choir includes core players like bassist and recording engineer Mark Yoshizumi, guitarist and vocalist Mary Ralph, drummer Jay Santana, violin player Ethan Adelsman, keyboardist Alison Hinderliter (Le Concorde), and a brass section made up of Sam Johnson (Mucca Pazza, Hawk & a Hacksaw) and Matt Priest (Canasta). The extended Scotland Yard family is comprised of a who’s-who of the Chicago underground music community, boasting the likes of cellist / vocalist Ellen O’Hayer (Bright Eyes); Sally Timms, Nora O’Connor and Kelly Hogan, who sing backup on the self-titled album; and Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley), and Brett Whitacre (Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers).

In a few short years, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir has become one of the Chicago indie music scene’s best-kept secrets, with Chicago Sun-Times critic Jim DeRogatis opining upon "Jennie That Cries," the single from the band’s debut i bet you say that to all the boys, "[is] a beautiful, lulling single, with special emphasis on the gorgeous vocals.” The band's music has served as a backdrop to many television shows, including The OC, What About Brian and the movie Special, and their self-released debut received attention from Time Out NY, Billboard, and Popmatters.
Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com