Magnolia Electric Co., Donkeys, Andy Cohen | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Magnolia Electric Co., Donkeys, Andy Cohen Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Sat., July 11, 10 p.m. 2009

Given how prolific Jason Molina is, it’s almost strange that his work is so consistent. You’d think that in a career well over a decade long, with nine full-lengths and three EPs just in the past six years (counting everything in the 2007 box set Sojourner), he’d have some duds. Instead he just gets more and more original. Not that I didn’t enjoy those early years, when he took after Will Oldham a bit, but I’m glad the strangulated tic in his voice is gone—Molina sounds like himself now, authoritative and comfortable. The melancholy countrified gentleman’s indie rock on Magnolia Electric Co.’s forthcoming Josephine (Secretly Canadian) is pretty much flawless, its front-porch Americana rounded out with downer bar rock and trilling Hammond organ. It’s a little morose and plodding, with a kind of Tonight’s the Night vibe, and Molina’s favorite themes are holding steady: the moon, road life, love, death, mourning, more death, less love, lather, rinse, repeat. The Donkeys and Andy Cohen open. —Jessica Hopper

Price: $14

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