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Daniel Lanois and his brother Bob were running a small but effective studio in Hamilton, Ontario (at the far west end of Like Ontario), when they ran into Brian Eno in the late 1970s. Much of Eno's Ambient-period sound experiments came out of the Lanois brothers' studio, and Daniel became Eno's protege. The pair coproduced U2's awesome Joshua Tree, and Lanois came into his own handling Peter Gabriel's So, the Neville Brothers' Yellow Moon, and, most recently, Dylan's nice Oh Mercy. Lanois is a studio god with a heart: he'll process any and every instrument beyond recognition but still claims to love live sounds in the studio. You'd expect his first solo record to be a dreary techno-nightmare, but it's not: Acadie is a moody and adventurous work of lilting melodies, loving homages to rural blues and country folk and gospel, and those spectral, omnipresent studio sounds. What Lanois will be doing at Schubas is anyone's guess: but he's a first-rate singer, guitarist, and songwriter, and the evening could well be a treat. Tuesday, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport; 525-2508.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Mark Abrahms.

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