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Concert Tue May 07 2013

Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker Play the Cubby Bear This Friday, 5/10


Photo by Jason Thrasher

Eclectic indie-rock veterans Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker head to Wrigleyville this Friday for a show at The Cubby Bear in support of Camper Van Beethoven's latest album La Costa Perdida.

La Costa Perdida is Camper Van Beethoven's first album in nine years, and it mostly finds the band keeping true to its trademark mix of southern California indie-rock and rustic, minor-key psychedelia. Over the course of five albums in the 1980s, Camper Van Beethoven developed a reputation as a mostly silly group of southern California dudes who happened to have a rather unpredictable grab-bag of influences. Listen to any of their albums, and song-to-song, the band could at once evoke island reggae, Eastern European Klezmer music, punk, or earnest and heartfelt country rock.

The band called it quits in 1990, and shortly after, frontman David Lowery formed Cracker, a more straightforward alt-country offshoot that went on to release 10 albums. But in the last ten years, both bands have continued releasing music and touring (often together). They are grown adults now, and each band's music is accordingly much more mature. But in Camper Van Beethoven's case, especially, they certainly haven't abandoned the curious tendency for Klezmer music.

Watch Camper Van Beethoven perform "Northern California Girls" from La Costa Perdida live on WFUV below, and check them out at the Cubby Bear this Friday along with Cracker and opener Jaik Willis. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $17 at the door. The Cubby Bear is located at 1059 W. Addison St. in Wrigleyville. This show is 21+.

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Our Final Transmission Days

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