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Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006 05:59 pm

Vinyl Static

Shows-a-go-go and CD exchange

SHOWS-A-GO-GO!
There are rock shows aplenty this week, but fans will have to rack up some mileage to attend them all. Devotees of Built to Spill will undoubtedly release a huge sigh this weekend when the band takes the stage at Mississippi Nights in St. Louis on Sunday, Sept. 17. The indie-rock demigods nixed the April leg of their tour but promised they’d make it up to their fans, who’ve been clutching their tickets since. The Boise, Idaho-based quartet made good on their guarantee and retraced parts of their tour route, performing in support of their 2006 release You in Reverse, a return to form that merges pop sensibilities with their signature snarling guitars. Tickets are still available for $15 even though the club has vowed to honor tickets from the April show. After St. Louis’ Hi-Pointe Café closed its doors, Blueberry Hill generously took over Fri., Sept. 15, Elf Power show, and we thank them. Deriving their varied sound from all manner of ’60s reference points, from acid folk to psychedelic squall, Elf Power visits St. Louis on a 33-city jaunt in support of April release Back to the Web. Elf Power combines murky low-fi sounds with light vocals for an often mellow, sometimes heavy night of rock. If you don’t feel like traveling, go see Jacksonville, Fla., native Ashton Allen at Underground City Tavern on Friday night. The singer/songwriter’s quiet vocals and hopeful strumming will break your hearts or at least make you miss Elliot Smith and Nick Drake. He visits the capital city touting his one-year-old debut, Dewdrops, a real gem.

CD EXCHANGE
Electronic-fun rockers Brazilian Girls are neither Brazilian nor girls, with the exception of lead singer Sabina Sciubba. But Vinyl Static won’t hold that against these New Yorkers, because their music is just so darn catchy. “Jique” — from their sophomore effort, Talk to La Bomb, released Sept. 12 — oozes an ultrahipster dance-club vibe, inviting the question “What would Blondie do if she were trapped in a Basement Jaxx video?” We now have the answer. In other Sept. 12 music news, Justin Timberlake is releasing FutureSex/LoveSounds, including a few Michael Jackson knockoffs, but the Timbaland produced numbers sound fresh. At the Drive-In expatriates the Mars Volta have put out a new disc, Amputechture, and the triumphant return of TV on the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain, finally surfaces here in the States.

Be excited.

Contact Marissa Monson at mmonson@illinoistimes.com.

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