Vetiver, Papercuts, Singleman Affair | Chopin Theatre | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Vetiver, Papercuts, Singleman Affair All Ages Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., May 12, 8 p.m. 2009

Sometimes the company you keep can give the wrong impression. Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom’s presence on the first VETIVER album in 2004 didn’t hurt its sound or profile one bit, but it created an association between the band and a couple of F-words that’s only half accurate. There’s nothing too freaky about bandleader Andy Cabic and his perpetually reconfiguring combo, though they’ve got the folky part down. The way Cabic’s sweet croon floats his bucolic melodies—which carry affectionate echoes of the Lovin’ Spoonful and George Harrison—over Otto Hauser’s understated drumming on Vetiver’s latest record, Tight Knit (Sub Pop), is classic folk rock. The album came out back in February, but it’s got the optimistic, feel-good vibe of the first spring weekend when you can head outside without an umbrella or a sweater. —Bill Meyer The PAPERCUTS’ new You Can Have What You Want (Memphis Industries) would fit nicely next to any number of albums by late-60s garage-rock bands like the Troggs and the Turtles, who ditched the adolescent angst post-Revolver and reinvented themselves as mature psychedelic artists. The pop structures that underpin each of the Papercuts’ songs are dilated till they almost drift into ambience, then filled out with languid organ, waves of dreamy echo, bass lines that would sound like R & B if they were played twice as fast and twice as hard, and languid, lotus-eater vocals by group mastermind Jason Quever. If there were a retro-rock equivalent of chopped-and-screwed hip-hop, this would be it. —Miles Raymer Vetiver headlines; the Papercuts and the Singleman Affair open.

Price: $12

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