Steve Gunn, Lee Ranaldo, Meg Baird | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Mon., Jan. 16, 8:30 p.m. 2017

Singer-songwriter Meg Baird established her reputation forging different strains of psych-folk, both in the Espers, where she explored richly textured rock, and as a solo artist, making more rustic and bucolic music. Earlier this year her new San Francisco-based band Heron Oblivion dropped a tremendous album on Sub Pop, serving notice that she works in punishing rock contexts too—like during her drumming stint in Philadelphia’s Watery Love. For her first local solo visit in nearly five years Baird returns to a more gentle side, which she showcases on her 2015 album Don’t Weigh Down the Light (Drag City), a beautifully ethereal effort made with Heron Oblivion bandmate Charlie Saufley. Her voice has never sounded more pure in its airy delicacy, and her presence floats through elegant guitar and piano arpeggios like a specter, leaving a trace that seems to reach back centuries. There’s no mistaking Baird’s investment in British folk tradition, but her haunting melodies sound modern in their timeless grace.

Peter Margasak

Price: $20, $18 in advance

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