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Mama, I'm Swollen

Author: Vanessa Franko
06/25/2009 | Riverside Press Enterprise | www.pe.com | Live Show Preview
Cursive has been one of the darlings of the indie rock scene for more than a decade. And while the industry has changed around it, the band, which formed in Omaha, Neb., is embracing the new technology and not starting a war against itself.

When the band released its latest full-length, "Mama, I'm Swollen," earlier this year, it was offered in its entirety as a digital download for an increasing price each day.

"We wanted to get it out to as many people as possible," front man Tim Kasher said in a recent telephone interview.

The band will perform at the El Rey in LA on Sunday and at the Glass House in Pomona on Monday.

And while the debate rages on between singles versus full albums, Cursive is open to all of it.

"We like to think of these things as whole pieces," Kasher said. "But I understand listening to songs separately."

The band has gotten kudos from high places, and Kasher said one of his personal highlights was playing with The Cure, but said he never saw front man Robert Smith without his makeup.

"To be able to go from a seventh-grader who loved The Cure so much to traveling around the country opening for them was a pretty surreal experience," he said, laughing.

7 p.m. Sunday, The El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-936-6400, $15; 7 p.m. Monday, the Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona, 909-865-3802, $15.
Mama, I'm Swollen

Mama, I'm Swollen

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