Pronto, the Regal Standard | Martyrs' | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Pronto, the Regal Standard Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Sat., March 28, 10 p.m. 2009

When he first moved to Chicago from Leonardo, New Jersey, back in 1998, to help John McEntire build Soma Electronic Music Studios, Mikael Jorgensen was up to his eyeballs in the short-lived post-rock craze—he’d already started the band Movere Workshop to add his own two cents. But then in the early aughts he joined Wilco, first on laptop and then on keyboards, and his time in that group seems to have pushed his own music in a more conventional direction. All Is Golden (Contraphonic), the debut album by his solo project, Pronto, is a straight-up pop-rock collection that owes a clear debt to 70s stars like Randy Newman and Todd Rundgren. Jorgensen is much better at writing melodies than he is at singing them, and his clunky voice is one of the few things that betrays the music’s 21st-century origins—only modern indie rock has such a high tolerance for mediocre singers. Though the album, recorded in the Wilco loft on the northwest side, features local players Matt Lux and Jim Becker, Jorgensen has since moved to Brooklyn and is touring with a steady New York-based lineup. The Regal Standard opens. —Peter Margasak

Price: $12

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