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This 60s and 70s pop throwback stuff is beginning to get out of hand. Don't get me wrong: I like nasty nostalgists like Redd Kross and still carry a torch for the unfairly disenfranchised 70s; I love them for the pop, the punk. The Posies, new sensations from Seattle, have that frothy 70s pop sound down. But you get the feeling they love the 70s for the pomp, the preciousness. The band's mainstays, songwriters-guitarists-singers Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, seem to be recalling a mythical period of pop-rock grandeur, a post-Abbey Road utopia of Anglophiliac reediness and prog-rock writerliness. It's kinda weird. They sound and sing a lot like mid-heyday Hollies; incredibly, the pair say they'd never heard of the Hollies until recently. The band's records (their second and newest is called Dear 23) are heavily arranged and produced; lyrically they're all over the place. (The Posies are probably one of those bands that would benefit from not printing their lyrics; for every OK line--"Please don't make me open my big mouth"--there are a couple of lyrics like "And I asked again / 'Would it be all right for me to acquire someone else's disenchantment?'") This is almost-smart rock for the revanchist popster set, all articulate guitar lines ("Golden Blunder" and, notably, the "She's So Heavy" homage near the end of "Mrs. Green") and lushly lubricated voice parts--the Posies even make that "someone else's disenchantment" line sound halfway coherent. Tonight, 11:30 PM, Cabaret Metro, 3730 N. Clark; 549-0203.

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

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