St. Paul and The Broken Bones / The Right Now / My Blue Valentine
Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 9:00 PM CST
(8:30 PM Doors)
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
Paul is a young man who began wailing straight out of the womb and most folks would agree that he hasn’t stopped since. Like many southern soul singers before him, Paul began singing in church, stretching his vocal cords with an eye toward becoming a man of the cloth. Well, the cloth didn’t appreciate young Paul’s affinity for dirty jokes, PRINCE, and TOM WAITS, and he was inclined to search elsewhere for co-conspirators. With a wholly re-imagined take on the sounds he’d grown up singing and seeking, Paul recruited a rag-tag band of lovable weirdos, visionaries, and hacks to help him harness the power he now knew he possessed. Under the name ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES, this motley crew roams the countryside looking to get cabooses shakin’, faces meltin’, and brothers and sisters everywhere testifyin’. Chicago-based soul & pop collective THE RIGHT NOW make their triumphant return to the Bottle stage in damn-near four years! Their second LP, Gets Over You, takes the group's soulful sound to the warm, crackling world of analog tape and vintage instruments while also heading in a darker, seedier direction. The band shines with raw, gritty performances and elegant arrangements, and singer STEFANIE BERECZ's emotionally-charged vocals lead their electrifying live show. MY BLUE VALENTINE returns to open tonight's show with their contradictory and refreshing take on sounds of yore. Imagine – if you can – BILLIE HOLIDAY at a honky-tonk, PATSY CLINE in a smoke-filled, Southern R&B juke joint, AMY WINEHOUSE, finished with rehab, dreaming of one last drink, fronting X in EXENE's absence. MY BLUE VALENTINE worships at the temple of late-50's bluesmen and early-60's girl groups, bordertown Texican swing and torch-song balladry.