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[/caption] Three think-sunny-thoughts reasons to get out of the house and wander over to the Double Door tonight...
The Albany Park quintet Norman Toronto and His Band
easily fit within Chicago’s vast and exciting psychedelic rock scene with its penchant for low-rumbling, swirling rhythms and sharp guitar solos. The glue that holds these ragamuffins together is Norman Toronto himself. The frontman’s rich baritone triggers thoughts to other great dramatic vocalists such as Morrissey and Danzig. The band’s album Rock and Roll Tide
features those low, golden tones set to what sounds like a 1991 Seattle-era second coming of the Doors. The music is a rollercoaster ride of famous baritones but damned if it isn’t soothing. LISTEN: “Roll Tide”
Chicago R&B rockers The Mood
aren’t really moody. In fact, the - sometimes known as “Harris and the Mood” - group exudes a rather chipper disposition on the majority of its 2009 EP Kingdom Come
. Songs like the title track and album closer “Why Haven’t We Been There” have lyrical content that would sour most people’s moods, but for some reason the backing blue-eyed soul, beefed up with trombone and saxophone, just bounces like tiny rays of sunshine. And that’s just fine. LISTEN: “Why Haven’t We Been There”
Rounding out the showcase are New York ensemble Ashen Figure
. The group playfully changes mood from avant-guard spoken-word pop to wild free jazz to accompany singer Kellie Norris-Bergman’s intriguing flowing verses. Opening tonight are Milwaukee’s own Will Phalen and the Stereo Addicts
. The alt-country outfit plays a more endearing Midwestern folk than simple country, but that shouldn’t scare anyone off from jamming out to Middle West
, Phalen’s sophomore LP.
LISTEN: ”I Can’t Run”
8:00 p.m. Wednesday, 11/9. Double Door. 21+ $5.