This popular series introduces young indie scene music innovators in our intimate black box venues and welcomes breakout bands to larger theaters.
"A free and forward thinking record...that taps into forgotten mythic resonances of American music."--UNCUT
The evocative soundscapes of Califone expertly frame the compelling, often melancholy songs of main man Tim Rutili. The Chicago-based indie experimentalists are touring in support of their recent Thrill Jockey release, Roots and Crowns. Rutili explains the title as "uniting where you come from--your roots---with what you strive to be or what you reinvent yourself to become--crowns." With its emphasis on images of rebirth, Roots and Crowns continues Califone's quest to get to the heart of things and expands the band's signature sound, which employs digital-age production tools to enhance hauntingly stark acoustic instrumentation. To start the evening, Califone performs live soundtracks for a series of eerily charming, lo-fi, animated short films created by Brent Green.