Joe Lally | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Joe Lally has long been idolized for his awesome work as Fugazi's bassist, but when he emerged as a singer and songwriter on the band's later albums, most people were caught off guard (myself included). In the context of punk's premiere bombast, his jangly cooing made for some real WTF. Fugazi hasn't made an album or played a show in more than four years, but Lally did recruit Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto (among a who's who of old-school D.C. megatalent) to pitch in on his first solo album, There to Here (Dischord), released in October. And while the record strikes some familiar notes--you can definitely hear how integral Lally has been to Fugazi--ultimately these jams are all his own. Bluesy and blessedly awkward, they verge on low-key psych before detouring into someplace colder and spookier and staying there. Lally may not be much of a singer, but his visceral, unvarnished vocals are a good match for his brooding, sociopolitical lyrics. For this show Lally will be backed by Capillary Action, who play their own set in the second slot of this four-band bill; Bird Names play third and Them, Roaringtwenties open. a 9 PM, Subterranean, 2011 W. North, 773-278-6600 or 800-594-8499, 18+, $8.

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