Tue July 22, 2014 9:00 pm $12 (advance), $15
The March entry in Merge Records' 25th Anniversary Reissue Series is Bloomed, the 1994 debut album from RICHARD BUCKNER. The album was remastered and released on CD and 180-gram vinyl. Both formats will include a CD containing 11 bonus tracks of radio sessions, live performances, and original recordings of songs that appeared on future releases. Spin magazine described Buckner as “equal parts Bay Area bohemian and dust bowl traditionalist” and named Bloomed one of its best albums of 1994, while Pitchfork wrote, “It’s a traditional outsider-country record in the lineage of Townes Van Zandt. Buckner’s voice is all honey and oak, his guitar style elaborately twanging, his constant subject matter heartache.” Springfield, IL native DANIEL KNOX is an accomplished filmmaker and scorer who’s developed over the past five years into a well-respected solo musician and songwriter in and out of Chicago. Self-recording much of his own material, KNOX has released soaring, lilting and jeering ablums that see the rogue pianist crooning, sneering and shouting to his contagious melodies. Mixing live performers and prerecorded sound set to projection, Mr. KNOX typically performs a set of new material written specifically to accompany videowork. Dark-folk group COINS is comprised of ELLEN BUNCH and ANGELA MULLENHOUR, a duo who conjures haunted specters of late-night beach folk. Their first release, a five-song stargazer recorded and mixed by MIKE LUST at the legendary Phantom Manor (RIP), features dual-vocals and minimal instrumentation, mostly guitar and keys. It's a stunningly gorgeous debut that we're thrilled to witness again live tonight.