agenda : clinic w/ shearwater


Let me start off by saying that it is really hard to write a preview of a band that refuses to be categorized let alone two of them. Lord. It is also hard when you realize that neither of a band’s two shows with “a string quartet, woodwinds, trumpets, and a harpist” will be taking place in your town because, quite frankly, I love that kind of stuff.

That said though, tonight’s Clinic w/ Shearwater show (Neumo’s), while hard to pigeonhole, seems to me to be the perfect kind of music to listen to after two days of frolicking in the sun. I thought about describing that in more detail, but you know what? Have a listen and let me know if you agree with me:

Clinic – Free Not Free
Shearwater – Rooks [mp3]

Okay now that you’re back, here are things you should know: Both bands are touring in support of their new albums Clinic’s recently released Do It and Shearwater’s upcoming Rook (June 08). Shearwater is a spin-off of Okkervil River. And in regards to Clinic, Pitchfork says, “it’s still inexplicable for a band this savvy about groove-minded freakouts that they’ve never recorded a song longer than four and a half minutes.” [pf] I don’t know about you, but this might be the strongest argument to love a band that I’ve ever heard. Immune to jammy-noodling? Sign me up!

Doors at 8, $13adv, 21+
img from Clinic’s press page.

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