Joan of Arc, Arrington de Dionyso

When: Fri., Sept. 27, 9 p.m. 2013


Cap'n Jazz were sort of like an emo Yardbirds. The seminal if not quintessential old-school emo outfit has been retroactively dubbed a supergroup of sorts due to all the amazing musicians for which it was a springboard. Once the Cap'n dissolved, guitarist Davey von Bohlen formed the Promise Ring, while drummer Mike Kinsella moved on to establish American Football and eventually record solo material under the moniker Owen. Elder brother and lead singer Tim Kinsella, however, never really strayed from the youthful strangeness that characterized his contributions to Cap'n Jazz. That strangeness is distilled in Joan of Arc, maybe the least accessible band in the family tree (perhaps rivaled by Owls, Kinsella's other project). While Joan of Arc's sprawling discography is Guided by Voices-caliber daunting (not to mention that Kinsella's nonsensical, impressionist, undeniably emotive lyrical landscapes evoke Robert Pollard more than any other rock wordsmith I can think of), their most consistently enjoyable effort is still their first, A Portable Model of..., which crosses the playfulness and unpretentiousness of Cap'n Jazz with a Beck-ish electro-exoticism. MORGAN TROPER

Price: $10

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