Parenthetical Girls / Advance Base / Jimmy Whispers
Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 10:00 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
Nuanced, indulgent and unconventional (to say the least), Portland's PARENTHETICAL GIRLS have established themselves as one of the most singular pop groups of the past decade. Consistently wowing audiences and critics alike with their dizzying output of extravagant, saccharine experimentalism, the band is setting out on the road to support Privilege*, out February 19 via their own Slender Means Society. Condensing five 12" EPs released from 2010-2012 title Privilege (no asterisk), the collection shows PARENTHETICAL GIRLS at their most cohesive, featuring leader ZACH PENNINGTON's distinctively lilting vibrato atop their expansive pop pastiche. Privilege* is a cascade of grim particulars and gallows humor – an unflinching treatise on privilege, indiscretion, betrayal, sex and class politics, failure, and resignation. When analog synth-pop artist OWEN ASHWORTH announced he’d be stepping away from CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE, he made it clear he wasn’t going to stop creating music. In early 2012, Caldo Verde released his full-length as ADVANCE BASE, A Shut-In’s Prayer, an effort full of bittersweet introspection and nuanced production built from the sounds of a Rhodes electric piano, Omnichord, Mellotron, & antique rhythm boxes. Dreamy waltzes, twinkly ballads & electro pop torch songs touch on deceased racehorses, estranged siblings, & all things long lost. We welcome back our pal JIMMY WHISPERS to open tonight's show. His band combines elements of folk and gospel to create their restless, multi-instrumental compositions and we’re excited to welcome back his solo work tonight.