Fruit Bats with Nathaniel Braddock | Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Fruit Bats with Nathaniel Braddock All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Fri., Aug. 27, 8 p.m. 2010

By titling last year’s clong-awaited fourth album The Ruminant Band (Sub Pop), this Portland/ Chicago combo set themselves up for a lot of jokes about bovine pacing and indigestion, but they sound so laid-back that I can’t imagine they care. Bandleader Eric Johnson joined the Shins in 2007, partly sidelining the group, but when the Fruit Bats returned, it was with a force that belied their easygoing 70s folk-rock shamble. Produced by drummer Graeme Gibson, the record has plenty of exuberant, focused brainpower underneath its long hippie hair, flowing from pop to honky-tonk to FM-radio muscle-car music with crisp energy and easy glee. Johnson was once a teacher at the Old Town School, and for this gig the Fruit Bats will team with up a current teacher, guitarist and composer Nathaniel Braddock—of Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, Ancient Greeks, and Zincs fame—for a one-off collaboration.

Price: $18, $16 members, $14 seniors and children.

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