Candy Town, Izzy & the Kesstronics, Real Jane Martin | Martyrs' | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Candy Town, Izzy & the Kesstronics, Real Jane Martin Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., May 10, 8 p.m. 2011

Sean Guinan, son of painter Robert Guinan and brother of comic artist Paul Guinan (creator of Boilerplate), had every reason to stick with the visual arts, and sure enough he's worked as an illustrator and spent years in indie films, where his efforts display a finely honed retro aesthetic. But then his first album, a collection culled from his films and TV work called Letters From Candy Town, set him on the path to playing music onstage. Candy Town is part band, part neo-vaudevillian thingamajig, with strict choreography and direction, mime makeup, and a heavily stylized Brechtian vibe. You probably think you've seen or at least heard this before—via Tom Waits, say, or the Dresden Dolls—and you'd be partly right. But Guinan is still building his board-walking empire from the vintage shoes up, and he's doing it with good steady old-­fashioned gigging, picking up players like moss as he rolls along. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $7

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