When: Mon., April 8, 8 p.m. 2013
Chicago singer-songwriter Colin Caulfield launched his musical career as Young Man by posting stripped-down, washed-out covers of well-known indie-pop songs to YouTube. Those covers left a mark on the first proper Young Man full-length, 2011’s Ideas of Distance—like some of his former subjects, including Deerhunter and Animal Collective, Caulfield relies heavily on ornate ethereality, and his delicately layered tracks have a raw intimacy that makes it easy to imagine him assembling them in front of a camera and uploading the final cut to the Internet. Caulfield has since taken to flexin’ his muscles with bigger, busier arrangments that sometimes border on the showy: the third and apparently final Young Man album, the brand-new Beyond Was All Around Me (Frenchkiss), has a full-bodied swing and turns the midnight glimmers of his earliest recordings into a dazzling galaxy. At times Caulfield and his bandmates seem too invested in piling up everything but the kitchen sink—by halfway through the album, the string and horn parts start to distract from the emotional content of the songs. Fortunately Caulfield and company have great chemistry, and their tight playing helps the detailed compositions hit home—the way the wood block fits into the rhythm of the delay-treated guitar at the beginning of “In a Sense” is just perfect. —Leor Galil T’Bone opens.
Price: $12, $10 in advance