Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Man Is Man | Hideout | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Man Is Man Soundboard

When: Fri., Aug. 5, 10 p.m. 2011

On the title track of her debut album, Dirty Radio (Partisan), Oregon-based singer Sallie Ford shares some choice words about the generic sounds of modern radio: "What is this robot-sounding bullshit?" She certainly provides a robust alternative, chewing up syllables like a wood chipper and singing with a bizarre hybrid of rockabilly sass, blues gravitas, and swing-era insouciance. Members of her nimble band recently backed up Jolie Holland—another quirky singer who, like Ford, can make English sound like a foreign language—and here the Sound Outside juggles instrumental phrases that mirror Ford's raggedly eclectic vocal delivery, which suggests Erin McKeown's but without the music-school discipline. On most of her tunes, Ford spins bad-girl narratives set in other eras, but even when she doesn't specify a time or place, her turns of phrase are still evocative—like "Wanna suck you up in a straw / Even if it was against the law." —Peter Margasak

Price: $10

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