Dead Superheroes Orchestra, My Cold Dead Hand, We Are Hex, DJs Scary Lady Sarah & William Faith | The Abbey | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Dead Superheroes Orchestra, My Cold Dead Hand, We Are Hex, DJs Scary Lady Sarah & William Faith Soundboard

When: Fri., July 29, 9:30 p.m. 2011

Symphonic rock is rare on the indie level not just because of indie aesthetics—corralling a large number of musicians into a rehearsal cycle is a lot more difficult when there's little money and small audiences involved. Dead Superheroes Orchestra front man and principal songwriter Mark Winston gets around this problem by tapping into a network of University of Chicago friends—he's both an alum of the school and participant in a number of U. of C.-related music programs. Winston leads a revolving roster of classical string players and rockers who translate his gothic-rock-opera ideas into dreamy, sinister-cabaret sounds behind his deep, stylized vocals. This show celebrates the release of the group's self-released second EP, The Last Superhero, which continues Winston's preferred themes of death and resurrection; for the occasion the lineup will also include 20 singers from the Russian folk choir Golosá, making for a wall of sound that's elaborate even by DSO's standards. Monica Kendrick

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