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Erase Errata have taken a big leap forward on their forthcoming second album, At Crystal Palace (Troubleman). While the San Francisco quartet haven't significantly changed their basic approach--controlled chaos built from postdisco throb, scratchy guitar, and whooping, shrieking vocals--they've gotten far more confident and flexible. A lot of the credit goes to the rhythm section of drummer Bianca Sparta and bassist Ellie Erickson, who've developed an assortment of grooves well beyond the neo-80s hi-hat and staccato bass combo that filled the band's 2001 debut. On "Ca. Viewing" they use stop time, letting Sara Jaffe drop guitar texture into the gaps and kicking back in without losing momentum; on "A Thief Detests the Criminal Elements of the Ruling Class" they go straight to the Ex's playbook for a shifting, shuffling array of cowbell-driven patterns. And vocalist Jenny Hoyston is showing some new restraint, often opting for a practically conversational style that makes her chuckles, yodels, and shouts seem all the more maniacal--when she rips through a couple of the hooky choruses she almost sounds like a straight-up rock singer. Her sour trumpet accents seem more considered, too, whether dotting the is in "Ca. Viewing" or offering muted commentary in "Ease On Over." Saturday's performance is part of the Hideout Block Party; see Spot Check and Fairs & Festivals for more information. Friday, September 5, 9 PM, Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace; 773-478-4408. Saturday, September 6, 8:30 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia; 773-227-4433.

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

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