Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Handsome Furs

Here's a preview for an upcoming Cleveland show...

Something about husband/wife or girlfriend/boyfriend music collaborations is entrancing. Maybe it’s an unspoken understanding between intimate lovers, the bond of familiarity, or just strange coincidence. However they pull it off, coupled-up music duos are thriving in the indie music scene. Matt & Kim playfully stomp across the country, the married couple behind Mates of State takes pop to a new level, and Handsome Furs’ Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry tear up stages from Cleveland to Moscow. Named after a short story Perry was writing back in 2006, Handsome Furs sounds similar to Wolf Parade, Boeckner’s other band. While his distinctively imperfect voice still stretches over distorted guitars, Perry’s electronic beats take their Montreal-based duo to a new level. Handsome Furs’ most recent release,Face Control, is more upbeat and less heavy than its 2007 debut, Plague Park. Taking inspiration from recent tours around Eastern Europe, the new material is raw, catchy, and sexy – not unlike the couple’s live shows. They’ll wow you with futuristic, trippy “Legal Tender” and “Talking Hotel Arbat Blues’” anthemic chants. The Cinnamon Band opens the show along with Lakewood’s Saint Ohio at 8 p.m. at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., 216.321.5588). Tickets: $10.

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