Mama, I'm Swollen
Author: Megan O'Neil
Since the release of its debut LP in '97, Omaha's seminal four-piece has seen hiatuses, periodic lineup changes and released one gush-over album, 2003's The Ugly Organ. At the center of it all is Tim Kasher's anguished and angsty lyricism, at once cerebral and reflective. Ranging from desperate whisper to primal scream, Kasher's vocals are backed by equally heady and frantic music featuring complex time changes, stiff guitars and, on recent albums, the addition of everything from clarinets to trumpets to flutes. Cursive tours behind their sixth and latest full-length, Mama, I'm Swollen, making a small room appearance with the Love Language and Javelins at 8 p.m. at the Crofoot's Pike Room, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-858 9333; $15 advance.