Gospel Music, Leaf Bird | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Gospel Music, Leaf Bird Soundboard Recommended

When: Tue., Dec. 6, 9:30 p.m. 2011

In 2007 and '08, less than a year after they'd formed, Florida indie rockers Black Kids made a vertiginous ascent (fueled in part by an 8.4 from Pitchfork for their Wizard of Ahhhs EP) from utter obscurity to buzz-band semistardom; they promptly suffered an even more rapid fall from favor (provoked in part by a 0.0 from Pitchfork for their LP Partie Traumatic, quickly revised to a 3.3) after failing to live up to the Lollapalooza gigs and major-label deals that dropped into their lap. Their story has become a cautionary tale among bands looking for success these days, and since their flameout Black Kids have generally been lying low. Bassist Owen Holmes, however, has done some work under the name Gospel Music that suggests things may have gone differently for Black Kids if they'd had a little more time to develop. The pleasantly off-kilter pop of his recent How to Get to Heaven From Jacksonville, FL reminds me of some of the records his label, Kill Rock Stars, put out in the 90s—early entries in the discographies of the artists in question, which over time grew into classics. —Miles Raymer

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