Wednesday, June 9, 2010

She & Him Tomorrow @ HOB

What do you get when you mix a Hollywood starlet with a powerful singing voice and one of the most valuable folk songwriters of his generation? A band of pronouns. She & Him is a clever way of disguising the duo’s real names – Zooey Deschanel, of Elf fame, and M. Ward, the famed guitarist who most recently hit record store shelves with Jim James and Conor Oberst under the Monsters of Folk moniker. The pairing gives Deschanel a chance to showcase her songwriting skills, while Ward demonstrates his ability to adapt his production skills and guitar-playing to everything from blues to folk to Brill Building pop. She & Him have come under fire by music critics for “repackaging” retro into today’s new alternative, but fans don’t seem to mind their digging up of 60s AM Gold. On Volume Two, their sophomore record, they cover Skeeter Davis’ “Gonna Get Along Without You Now,” and bring Diana Ross to mind on the Supremes-flavored “Over It Over Again.” The Chapin Sisters, a band of three female sibs with killer harmonies, opens at 8:00 pm at the House of Blues (308 Euclid Avenue, 216.523.2583). Tickets: $22, advance; $24, day of show.

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