Curtis Evans, Inchworm, Umbra & the Vulcan Siege | Beat Kitchen | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Curtis Evans, Inchworm, Umbra & the Vulcan Siege Recommended Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Thu., Dec. 18, 9:30 p.m. 2008

A 29-year-old Elgin native, singer-guitarist Curtis Evans is disreputable looking and frighteningly talented, with a melodious country-soul voice that sometimes gets sloppy, thick, and heavy—like if Hank Williams had tried a little of what Nick Cave’s been drinking. On his latest release, the EP More Songs About Loneliness (Grape Juice Records), he brings more heartbreak to the table—a rickety bar table, carved with lovers’ initials—than a normal unmedicated person can handle. While the EP is a study in the many ways to be downtrodden, maudlin, and lovelorn, onstage Evans sometimes adds a more sinister note to his persona, gesticulating and carrying on like a dissolute and heretical preacher—and the fuzzy conflagration of psychedelic guitar on “There Is a Devil” proves he knows a thing or two about hellfire. Inchworm and Umbra & the Vulcan Siege open. —Monica Kendrick

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