Tractor Kings, Beaujolais, New Ruins | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Tractor Kings, Beaujolais, New Ruins Soundboard Recommended

When: Wed., Dec. 17, 9 p.m. 2008

In 2006, when Joe Ziemba broke up the Like Young, his duo with his wife, Amanda, he’d been making music with her for almost ten years (they’d also been bandmates in Wolfie and Busytoby) and married to her for four. Love at Thirty (Parasol), his solo debut as Beaujolais, relates the collapse of their marriage in excruciating detail. He frames the diaristic narrative like a horror story, and in some ways it is—he discovered she was cheating on him on Friday the 13th. But his sharp melodies, elaborate arrangements, and warm, soaring hooks (which borrow from Brian Wilson, the Beatles, and Neil Finn) make lines like “May I have the honor of telling you it’s over? / Your problems have ended / Your charade is over” a bit easier to take. It’s hardly the first postbreakup catharsis album, but it’s undeniably impressive. Onstage Ziemba goes it alone, switching between guitar, drums, and sequencing keyboard. He performs as part of a Parasol showcase; the Tractor Kings headline and New Ruins open. —Peter Margasak

Price: $7

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