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Minimal electronic-pop group Weatherman celebrate a new EP and bid adieu to Chicago


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Tonight’s Weatherman performance is bittersweet. The Chicago-born minimal electronic trio celebrate their new self-titled, self-released EP, but it’s the last time they’ll perform as locals: pianist-vocalist Annie Toth and her husband, drummer Jason Toth (who collaborates with rambunctious singer-songwriter Daniel Knox), are preparing to move to France, and electronics programmer Joshua Dumas spends most of his time these days in New York. The somber, light-­footed songs on Weatherman evoke the mist over Lake Michigan at dawn, with Annie Toth’s whispered vocals cutting like the morning sun through the skittering electronics and sturdy percussive loops—she gives strong performances without overpowering the mood. On the early single “Trondheim,” Weatherman layer fragmented string samples, electronic keys that wheeze like an accordion, and bare, bone-dry percussion to slowly reveal shades of wistfulness.   v

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