Bob Marsh | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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When he's not busy with local dance/pop group the Way Moves, Bob Marsh travels his own road making weird, giddy music that evokes a world cracked in pieces, or better yet, life as seen from the interior of a padded cell. While his work can be every bit as jagged and beat-heavy as your average 12-inch dub mix, Marsh wisely steers clear of the jaded decadence jive that's been worked to a weary sickness on the dance floors of urban America. His music is as childlike-playful as it is eerie: colorful noises tumble fast upon each other while Marsh skirts the edge of insanity with spaced free-association lyrics ("Hello and welcome / Who is that bitch?"). It all feels quite fresh and liberating--and then when you least expect it, the dude whips out a tenor sax and lights into a totally credible rendition of Charlie Parker's "Au Privave." Yeah! Wednesday, 10 PM, Cabaret Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.

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