Retribution Gospel Choir, Implodes | Hideout | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Retribution Gospel Choir, Implodes Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended

When: Fri., Feb. 19, 10 p.m. 2010

Alan Sparhawk, best known as the singer, guitarist, and lyricist for Low, has often indulged his harder-rocking side in a second band like Black Eyed Snakes or Retribution Gospel Choir. Lately the Choir—which also includes Low bassist Steve Garrington—looks more and more like the main attraction. While Low have no new album on the horizon and these days are gigging mainly in support of Morgan Thorson's dance troupe, RGC have been touring relentlessly and sound like they mean business on their new full-length, 2 (Sub Pop). Their debut felt like a grainy snapshot of the band's vivid and powerful live show, but this time out mixing engineer Matt Beckley—who's had a hand in productions by Avril Lavigne and Leona Lewis—gives Sparhawk's heavy riffs and spacey leads a massive, radio-friendly presence without compromising the songs' richness of detail. Local quartet Implodes open; one of their guitarists, Ken Camden, is about to release an album of Cluster-esque solo instrumentals called Lethargy & Repercussion (Kranky). —Bill Meyer

Price: $10

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