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Live Review: Braid and Owen at Union Transfer, August 10, 2012 (Philly)

Photo credit: Paul Drake

Friday night’s Braid reunion show at Union Transfer in Philadelphia–the band’s third stop of a two–week tour–would mark the fourth time I’d seen the band live since 1998. Editor’s note: Braid, Owen and The Past Haunts will play The Irenic in San Diego on Thursday, August 16. Continue reading…

Live Review: Cap’n Jazz at the Starlight Ballroom, July 24, 2010

Photo credit: Nicole Kibert/www.elawgrrl.com

In the liner notes of Cap’n Jazz’s 1998 anthology Analphabetapolothology, singer Tim Kinsella opined: “reissues…undermine our pretenses by making what was once special and precious in its rarity, somehow a little less in its convenient availability.” To Kinsella, the reissue served as a means of “getting over and past it” in terms of his own personal involvement with the highly influential Chicago band.

Now, twelve years later (and fifteen since their disbandment), one wonders what inspired Kinsella to get past getting past it; Cap’n Jazz have reunited for a handful of shows on both coasts. Supported on the eastern shows by their hometown contemporaries Gauge — who called it quits in 1994 and reformed earlier this year — both bands are giving audiences (many of whom were in elementary school during their existence) a taste of what made the music of the Midwest so important in the early 90’s. Continue reading…