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When: Fri., Feb. 6, 8 p.m. 2015

Asking your famous friends to play on your record might seem like a good idea, but for Jason Narducy it yielded mixed results. For Fragmented World (Inside Outside), the debut album from his solo vehicle Split Single, the Evanston native enlisted masterful drummer Jon Wurster of Superchunk to helm the kit, and Britt Daniels of Spoon joined on bass and backing vocals. The record was cut at LA’s Sound Factory in just a few days, and while there’s no denying the magnitude of the trio’s talent, the presence of such high-profile studio peers resulted in Narducy’s brainchild—the first to feature newly written material from him in nearly ten years—being pegged as a Britt Daniels side project, a little thing he toyed with when he wasn’t working on Spoon or Divine Fits. Not that Narducy really cares. Since the dissolution of his melodic alt-rock band Verbow in 2003, he’s happily played sideman to Bob Mould and Robert Pollard as well as pickup bassist for Superchunk. Fragmented World’s opening track, “Waiting for the Sun,” burbles not far from the Guided by Voices psychedelic stream, while “Monolith,” “Searches,” and “Never Look Back” hark back to 90s college rock in the best way possible, seamlessly melding guitar distortion and melody. And the album’s namesake cut recalls Alex Chilton’s finest power-pop moments: it’s a harmonious blend of Narducy’s musical influences and a solid argument against the theory that a sideman can’t play front man. Since the record’s release last April, Narducy has enlisted other musician friends to join him onstage. Tonight the lineup consists of John Stirratt (Wilco), Nora O’Connor (Andrew Bird, Iron & Wine), Jake Smith (the Mysteries of Life), and Tim Remis (Sweet Cobra). —Erin Osmon

Price: sold out

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