Cave Weddings, Midwest Beat, Sleepovers | Cobra Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Cave Weddings, Midwest Beat, Sleepovers Recommended Free Soundboard

When: Thu., July 9, 10 p.m. 2009

It’s been 30 long years since Albany, New York, gave the world Blotto’s perennial summertime classic “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard,” but the city looks likely to end its drought of sunny beach-pop jams with the Cave Weddings. Guitarist and vocalist Eric LaGrange, formerly of the Romance Novels and Eric & the Happy Thoughts—both of which broke up just as they were catching the ears of rock ’n’ roll geeks worldwide—recently moved to Albany (or more precisely neighboring Troy) from Lafayette, Indiana, and started this trio with his girlfriend Erin Dorbin, previously a member of Kalamazoo’s Swedish Headaches. They both play guitar and sing, borrowing from Buddy Holly and from pretty much every band that’s ever used “wah wah ooh” as a backing vocal—it’s the kind of music that makes you glad Chicago finally legalized boogie boarding on the lakefront. HoZac Records just released the Cave Weddings’ debut single, “Bring Your Love” b/w “Let’s Drive.” Here’s hoping they stick around a little longer than LaGrange’s old bands—or at least into Indian summer. —Brian Costello

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