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Mama, I'm Swollen

Author: Jeff Miers
07/31/2009 | Buffalo News | www.buffalonews.com | Live Show Preview
Dark side

Tim Kasher's got issues. That fact comes as no surprise to anyone who has been following Cursive, the Omaha, Neb., indie-rock band Kasher has been fronting intermittently since 1995. A poet whose theme-centered stream of consciousness rants give Patti Smith a run for her money, Kasher is not afraid of the dark side of the human condition, that place where simple pleasures of "normal" life are revealed to be delusions masking deeper, older and scarier truths.

Kasher's Cursive hit it big in 2003 with "The Ugly Organ," an album deemed by many a tastemaker to be one of the finest examples of the indie-rock movement birthed in the latter '90s.

The buzz generated by the album caught the attention of the Cure's Robert Smith, who earmarked Cursive for his band's 2004 "Curiosa" traveling festival. Cursive played alongside the likes of Interpol, the Rapture, Cooper Temple Clause, Mogwai and Scarling, expanding its audience significantly in the process. Then it broke up.

Though a few personnel changes led to a sea change in the band's sound, there is enough of the classic Cursive density and more than enough of Kasher's intense, thoughtful and incredibly verbose reflections on life, love, domesticity and modern man's ability to mess up just about everything he comes in contact with to satisfy hungry Cursive fans within the new "Mama, I'm Swollen" album, which was released in March to largely positive response.

Cursive plays the Tralf (622 Main St.) at 8 tonight. If you're going, be careful. It's weird out there in Kasher's world.

For info, visit www.tralfmusichall.com . Gig picks

On Saturday, former Girlpope vocalist/guitarist Mark Norris and his band the Backpeddlers offer up their first area show in many a month, as they join forces with the Irving Klaws and Flatbed for a 9 p. m. gig inside Mohawk Place (47 East Mohawk St.).

R&B/hip-hop artist and producer Trey Songz comes to the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) tonight for a 10 p. m. show. Visit Tickets.com.

This weekend, the grounds of Buffalo Soldier (11822 Main St., Clarence Center) will be transformed into the Papa Bear Campground in honor of the late Jerry Garcia's birthday, which is Saturday.

Kicking off today at 5 p. m., the Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash will continue through the wee hours of Saturday evening/Sunday morning. Scheduled to appear today are Tommy & The Two- Tones, the George Doran Bluegrass Band and Uncle Rat. On Saturday, beginning at 2 p. m., expect solo slots from Aaron Z. of the Little Mountain Band and George Doran and headlining sets from the Wild Knights and Sonic Garden.
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