Vic Chesnutt and Elf Power Live
In addition to performing songs together from Dark Developments, Elf Power will open each night playing tunes from its most recent release In A Cave released earlier this year by Rykodisc.
A tuneful collision of Athens institutions finds fruition this fall when Orange Twin releases Vic Chesnutt's collaboration with Elephant 6 psychsters Elf Power, Dark Developments. As intriguing as this combination may seem for hardcore fans of either act, the final sonic results reveal a daunting sum much greater than even the involvement of such esteemed parts would imply.
The Elves' lived-in dexterity as a live band goads Vic's vocal delivery to a menacing new muscularity, imbuing this batch of songs with a sinister vibe not dissimilar to John Cale's black classic Fear, the harsh, articulate sleaze of Lou Reed's Street Hassle or the defeated low key soul-music of Nick Lowe's last few records. As useful as these benchmark-records are in identifying Dark Developments' own unique spirit, this record truly stands on its own as a brilliant statement, a classic addition to Athens' legendary pantheon, and, most importantly, as an organic meeting of two separately-evolved and vital musical entities that never feels forced, flashy or false. This is an important album endemic of a natural partnership, and a great way to spend an afternoon.
Vic Chesnutt and Elf Power Live:
10/29 Oxford, MS Proud Larry's
10/30 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jack's
11/01 Dallas, TX Club Dada
11/02 Denton, TX Rubber Gloves
11/03 Austin, TX The Parish
11/05 Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe Brewing Company
11/07 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
11/08 Phoenix, AZ Modified
11/09 San Diego, CA Casbah
11/10 Los Angeles, CA Echoplex
11/11 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
11/12 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp
11/13 Eugene, OR Sam Bond's Garage
11/16 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
11/17 Boise, ID Neurolux
11/18 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
11/19 Denver, CO Hi Dive
11/21 Lawrence, KS Jackpot Saloon
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