CAPTAIN YONDER | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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I've been championing this Minnesota band ever since they first crept onto the folk-rock scene--back when front man Ryan Pfeiffer claimed his songs were actually written by a mythical Captain Jack Yonder--and they've only gotten better since. Their new fourth album, Good-Bye, Woland! (Strange Midge), was recorded in Tucson with Craig Schumacher, whose resume--Calexico, Robyn Hitchcock, Iron & Wine, Neko Case--also happens to make for a good recommended-if-you-like list. Good-Bye is another collection of sleek, delicate, string-laden songs with grim and ghostly imagery that at times is laid on a bit thick: "Ode to a Trucker 9" feels like "Ghost Riders in the Sky" played by a stoned Handsome Family. Also included is a version of the trad murder ballad "Banks of the Ohio," a song every band like this has to try its hand at eventually. a 8:30 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433 or 866-468-3401, $5.

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