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Mama, I'm Swollen

Author: Chris Parker
04/29/2009 | Indyweek.com | www.indyweek.com | Live Show Preview
05.02 CURSIVE, MAN MAN @ CAT'S CRADLE
While the departure several years ago of Cursive cellist Greta Cohn produced a more streamlined live rock attack harking to the edgier sound of its early days, the band's recordings have become increasingly baroque. Like 2006's Happy Hollow, its latest, Mama, I'm Swollen, piles on instrumentation, adding strings, brass and woodwinds to the wide-screen arrangements. The album surveys a variety of styles, from chunky indie rock to pulsing, somewhat overwrought tunes reminiscent of Tim Kasher's The Good Life. Kasher's still one of indie's finest lyricists, with a thoughtful self-consciousness that avoids navel-gazing indulgence. Even if Mama feels cluttered and unfocused, this band's still sharp and loud live. Speaking of clutter, Man Man opens. Also, Andrew Jeffrey Wright. $16/ 9:15 p.m.
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Mama, I'm Swollen

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