Donkeys, Advance Base, Algebro | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Donkeys, Advance Base, Algebro 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended

When: Wed., May 18, 9 p.m. 2011

On their debut, this San Diego quartet carried a torch for mellow southern California rock, creating a hazy psychedelic jangle that brought to mind early Grateful Dead and pre-Gram Parsons Byrds—ideal for waterbed listening. The Donkeys revamp their sound on their second album, Born With Stripes (Dead Oceans), largely ditching the late-60s retro moves in favor of something more contemporary. Unfortunately, that means they sound like Pavement most of the time—and when they don't, they're still holding tight to sonic relics, like the inept sitar playing on "West Coast Raga." All the same, there's a shaggy-dog charm to their music; it's comfort food, even though it's not too nutritious. 18+

Price: $10

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