Dungen, Entrance Band | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Dungen, Entrance Band Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Thu., Oct. 7, 9 p.m. 2010

This Swedish collective, headed by singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Gustav Ejstes, skyrocketed to indie-world popularity thanks to the quality of the riffage on their 2004 prog-boogie gem, Ta Det Lugnt, and songs like "Panda" that appealed equally to urbane postrock aficionados and solo-addled Golden Earring fans. Riffs aren't everything on the excellent new Skit I Allt (Mexican Summer), but they're thankfully not as scarce as they were on the 2008 album 4, where Ejstes abandoned guitar for piano. He seems to have found the sweet spot between his experimental tendencies and his innate shredditude, and much of Skit I Allt—like the opening track "Vara Snabb," which bounces happily between stoned-sounding hippie jazz and even more stoned-sounding fuzz-rock—satisfies on both counts. Better still are cuts like "Soda," "Nästa Sommar," and the title track, where both impulses take a backseat to Ejstes's impressive talent for pop—by borrowing moods and sounds from Neil Young's warmer solo moments and the baroque bum-outs of late-career Elliott Smith, he makes brain-snaggingly catchy songs that stand up to repeated deep listens. The Entrance Band opens. —Miles Raymer

Price: $15

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