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When: Sun., June 16, 8 p.m. 2013

Shows by Eleventh Dream Day are infrequent enough that every one feels special, so it was a drag when they suddenly canceled an April date that was supposed to wrap up a monthlong weekly Hideout residency by drummer Janet Bean. Luckily, they rescheduled the show to arrive on the heels of the release of New Moodio (Comedy Minus One), a sort of prototype of their 1993 album El Moodio (Atlantic) that didn’t come out at the time. The band recorded New Moodio with producer Brad Wood after escaping from their ill-fated deal with Atlantic Records, but they didn’t put it out at the time because the new boss of Atlantic’s alternative department, Danny Goldberg, forgave EDD’s debt and convinced them to return to the label and recut it as El Moodio. I’m still fond of that slicker, more contemplative version (though Atlantic barely promoted it, then dropped the band), but the fiery, stripped-down treatments on New Moodio are pretty impossible to resist. Dream Day cut it with guitarist Matthew “Wink” O’Bannon of Louisville band Bodeco—who’d replaced original EDD guitarist Baird Figi—and his presence clearly energized them. A handful of these songs have remained in the group’s repertoire ever since, and singer-guitarist Rick Rizzo tells me they’ll probably dig out a few rarely played gems tonight. He seems more excited about the new material they’ll be performing, though, and says that the current lineup—with second guitarist Jim Elkington joining Rizzo, Bean, bassist Douglas McCombs, and keyboardist Mark Greenberg—is the best in 20 years. That sure sounds good enough for me. —Peter Margasak

Price: $10, $5 in advance

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