Au Revoir Simone, Matthew Sweet tonight…

Category: Blog — @ 5:52 pm June 23, 2009

Here’s a little something I wrote for The Reader about the Au Revoir Simone show tonight at The Waiting Room:

The new album by Au Revoir Simone, Still Night, Still Light, was sent to me via the interweb. There was no artwork save a picture of the album sleeve. No photo of the trio’s members — Erika Forster, Annie Hart and Heather D’Angelo. But as I listened to their sad, sweet music — a swirl of keyboards, synthesizers, sequencers, drum machines and their heavenly voices — a picture formed in my minds’ eye. I imagined not three girls, but one — rail-thin, not a super model, but still remarkably pretty in a way that every guy thinks was designed especially for him. Quiet, smart, unassuming, unpretentious, funny when she decides to speak up, but saving the best stuff for when she’s alone with you, in the back of a taxi cab, standing in line to get into a show, flipping through album bins at the record store, her eyes cutting right through you, breaking your heart, because in the back of your mind, you know it will never last.

Opening is UK singer/songwriter Findlay Brown. Tix are $10, show starts at 9.

Also tonight is the return of Matthew Sweet, this time at The Slowdown. Last time I talked to Sweet was way back in October 2004, when he was playing at Sokol Underground supporting his then-new album Living Things. Since then, he’s worked with Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles on an album of covers as well as 2008’s Sweet Sunshine Lies on Shout Factory. My hats off to him for doing what he’s done all these years. Opening is the golden pop stylings of The Third Men. $15, 9 p.m.

Tomorrow: Macey Taylor

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