In this week's print product, Observer contributor Elliott Johnston tackled tonight's Camera Obscura and Anni Rossi show at The Loft tonight--and he did so in a pretty interesting way, finding common ground between Camera Obscura and John Cusack's character in High Fidelity. Check it:
Camera Obscura's take on pop music is similar to the one proposed by John Cusack's character in High Fidelity. It's the idea that pop isn't some factory-made crap staining up the charts; it's a canon, mostly built upon '60s rock and soul, upheld by geeky listeners who believe in the tasteful cohabitation of misery and ear candy.
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And of opening act Anni Rossi?
Opener Anni Rossi's raw, minimalist approach will balance Camera Obscura's pop refinement nicely. The 23-year-old, classically trained viola player recorded her debut LP, Rockwell, with the help of Steve Albini. Her viola playing is wildly expressive (strumming and plucking in addition to good ol' bowing) and her voice can go from mellifluous to manic in no time at all.
So, yes, it stands to reason that this show looks pretty darn good from where we're sitting. Which is why we're pretty stoked that the fine folks at The Loft--who have some other choice gigs coming this summer (August 4, we're looking at you)--have hooked us up with three pairs of tickets to give away to tonight's show.
And we're giving 'em away--a pair each--to the first three people to email me right now with the words "My Maudlin Career" in the subject line. Best of luck!
Update: Contest is over. Congrats to our winners.