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Owen, Bob Nanna Recommended All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. 2009

Though Mike Kinsella is a veteran of Cap’n Jazz, Owls, and Joan of Arc, in those groups he was rarely a major creative engine. But that’s not to say he’s a wallflower—in American Football and his subsequent solo project, Owen, he’s established himself as one of Chicago’s best emo/indie songwriters (let’s pause to remember that “emo” wasn’t always a bad word), capable of orchestrating glittering, drunkenly swirling guitar arrangements whose melodies call to mind the storied bands in his past. In the three years since the release of At Home With Owen, Kinsella has become a husband and father, and his fifth album, New Leaves (Polyvinyl), is the wry statement of a family man growing older in the scene he helped build. He closes the record’s best song, “Never Been Born,” with his creaky voice dropping to a whisper as he sings, “I’m shitting blood / I’m puking piss / Sweating bile and awkwardness / It’s a young man’s game / About time I quit.” At both of tonight’s record-release shows Kinsella will be backed by a five-piece band that includes his cousin Nate (Joan of Arc, Make Believe) on bass and Bob Nanna (Braid, Hey Mercedes) on guitar. Nanna opens the early show and Davey von Bohlen opens the late show. —Kevin Warwick

Price: $15, $12 in advance

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