"It took Clare & the Reasons a while to set up for their show at the Mercury Lounge. First, they had to affix bundles of white, leafless branches around the stage, creating a small forest in which to play. Then, they had to tune and soundcheck an arsenal of instruments: washboard, clarinet, trombone, tuba, glockenspiel, violin, bass, several guitars, assorted percussion, ukulele, and kazoos. There were no complaints for the late start, but widespread disappointment at the truncated set."
After perusing the various names of bands and album titles in Pitchfork's coverage, our favorite so far is the album Let's Make Babies in the Woods by the Papercranes, a title that the Transmittens are surely kicking themselves right now for not thinking of first.
The "Style Scout" feature on Lawrence.com has been dull for the past few weeks, focusing mainly on older Larryvillians who are, of course, inherently unstylish. This week, however, sexy Ms. Sieb.l is doing the scouting, and she can always be counted on to choose interesting subjects, such as Chris (Randall) Dickinson, who describes his style as "penitently transitional bachelor-wear" and offers this as a description of his favorite fashion trends: "Oversize flannel button-ups are pretty rad. Bright purple hoodies." Dickinson describes his look as "pre-Zooey Deschanel Ben Gibbard" and for Halloween plans to dress as "Schrödinger’s bat. What could be more terrifying than a bat that is neither dead nor alive?"
Richard: "I'm 100% certain I'll see this dude at the Replay on Halloween night."
Ladies, is he stylish, or isn't he? (click to enlarge).