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DICKIE Album Release Show @ Schubas on 9/12

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For anyone who's not going to be irritating the patients at St. Anthony Hospital over the weekend, there's obviously no shortage of other opportunities to catch live music in the city. One show of note is the release party that DICKIE will be hosting at Schuba's on Saturday night at 9:00 pm to celebrate their eponymous album. This is a great opportunity to support a local artist who's been around the block a few times and has turned that experience into a heartfelt set of ten sad-pop songs.

Dick Prall, for whom the band is named, brings to the music a sense of toughness in the face of the ever-ticking clock. He's 45 years old now, an age he references in the title of DICKIE's opening track, and his rich, folksy voice bears the scars of his past successes and failures. But he and his music are vibrantly enlivened on this newest effort by the violin work of Kristina Priceman, who slices her way precisely across the beats with an X-Acto Knife bow. The resulting combination gives DICKIE a polished feel, as if the edges of Prall's feelings have been sanded off by Priceman and transmuted into crystalline adult contemporary tunes. The other elements of the music swirl about to form an atmosphere of warm comfort that offsets the oft-melancholy nature of Prall's lyrics, eliciting that oh-so-beautiful emotion we call bittersweetness.

Don't expect people to be dancing to DICKIE at Schuba's on Saturday night--even the faster songs lack the requisite energy--but if you're up for an evening of hopeful reflection with a local band that mixes youth with wisdom, it's probably worth checking out the show. Tickets are available for $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

 
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