Wooden Wand, Horse's Ha, Bears of Blue River | The Abbey | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Wooden Wand, Horse's Ha, Bears of Blue River Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., June 22, 8:30 p.m. 2010

Just like you can never step in the same river twice, you can never listen to the same James Jackson Toth twice—he's so prolific, and works with such a large and shifting group of collaborators, that by the time you check back in with him there's another stream flowing into his music. His wife and on-and-off Wooden Wand bandmate, Jessica Toth, has released two EPs in the past year with sinister occult-psych outfit Jex Thoth, and last summer James scored a coup by signing to Young God, run by creepy-folk fellow traveler Michael Gira. In April he released a painfully hard-to-find CD-R called Wither Thou Goest, Cretin, a practice run for the new Wooden Wand album, Death Seat, recorded in upstate New York with members of Mercury Rev and Lambchop and due in October. The first teaser track, released a few weeks ago, is like a breadcrumb at the edge of a dark and ominous forest—there's no way to tell if it's the start of a path except by walking in. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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