A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Ovo, Ty Segall, Mountains | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Ovo, Ty Segall, Mountains Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Sept. 12, 9 p.m. 2009

Though plenty of American groups—Vampire Weekend, Fool’s Gold, et al—have tried to flavor their sound with whatever stripe of “world music” catches their fancy, their hybrids are usually so flimsy and shallow they’d be comical if they weren’t such an insult to a listener’s intelligence. But when the core duo of A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost, felt the pull of eastern European folk traditions, they went straight to the source. They spent a little more than a year living in Budapest, Hungary, in 2007 and 2008, working with and learning from some of the region’s best traditional musicians—including cimbalom master Kalman Balogh and trumpeter and violinist Ferenc Kovacs, both of whom join the group for its excellent new album, Delivrance (Leaf). The music pulses and ripples with the breakneck rhythms and wild melodies of Hungarian, Romanian, and Turkish folk songs, but most of the tunes are originals, with a poppy feel that marks them out as the work of indie rockers—and when Barnes sings in English his nasal tone makes him sound a little like Andrew Bird. A Hawk and a Hacksaw are now back in New Mexico, with an American lineup—when they hit Chicago last year they were traveling with Kovacs—and I’m curious to hear how they’ve transformed these new songs. This show is part of Adventures in Modern Music. Ovo, Ty Segall, and Mountains open. —Peter Margasak

Price: $15 ($50 five-day pass)

Add a review

Rating

Select a star to rate.