Hugo Largo | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

comment

You might argue that Hugo Largo must be insufferably arty, that their eccentric instrumentation (violin, two bass guitars, no drums) is eccentric for no good reason. But I would strongly disagree. It isn't only that more and more as I grow older I find myself craving the sound of bands without drums. No, it's mostly that I just dig a band that seem to have decided to work together because they're on the same wavelength, and not because one guy played guitar and one guy played bass and one guy played drums and they finally found a singer. So Hugo Largo's edgy-but-ethereal EP Drum has moved into heavy rotation on my home stereo--not because Michael Stipe of R.E.M. produced it, but because it sounds so achingly sad without getting drippy (Mimi Goese has the kind of voice that haunts me in my sleep). If impressionist rock music is what you're looking for, here it is, subtle as a leaf, spare as a twig, eminently suitable for spring. Wednesday, 10 PM, Cabaret Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.

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

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment