CROSS-POLLINATION CCLVI - TUES SEP 22ND - 7:30-10 PM
CALLERS
DARK DARK DARK

"A textural/experimental streak runs through Seaton's guitar playing, showing influences of Ben Monder when in jazz mode, Loren MazzaCane Connors in bluesier settings. Lucas' octave-jumping and sudden shifts from sweetness to sorrow evoke the young Joni Mitchell, although she has her own personality. Folk singers-songwriters aficionados need to pay attention: either Callers will be the next big thing on the scene, or Fortune will become a sought-after rarity. Highly recommended." - All-Music Guide, Francois Couture

"Fortune is a real breath of fresh air, particularly notable for vocalist Sara Lucas' arresting delivery; in the quiet acoustic numbers she sounds like a reined in Josephine Foster, while the harder-edged, sprawling rock sounds of the title track and 'The Upper Lands' find her effortlessly inhabiting a persona that's like a cross between Patti Smith and Karen Dalton. Equally commendable are the supporting players, whose instrumental skills are rarefied and expertly performed, never more so than on the shuffling, electric blues number 'More Than Right', which proves that the band are as adept at tackling loose, freewheeling song structures as they are the more finely worked compositions, such as the exquisitely refined 'Rone'. Highly recommended." - Boomkat

Since 2006, Dark Dark Dark has crisscrossed the country from ocean to ocean, playing in basements and bars, warehouses and street corners. When Nona Marie Invie (accordion/voice) and Marshall LaCount (banjo/voice) first began to play and write music together, they had no intention of starting a serious band - they just needed a way to earn passage to New Orleans. Marshall had run away from home to spend a summer sailing and singing down the Mississippi river on homemade rafts, and Nona had spent time hopping freight trains and wandering across the US and Europe. With no desire to settle down, the two set out, picking up band members Jonathan Kaiser (cello/voice) and Todd Chandler (upright bass) along the way.

The band found an audience as soon as they began to perform, and felt a need to continue together. After nearly two years of songwriting and traveling, they returned to their now-and-again home-base of Minneapolis to record "The Snow Magic" with producer Robert Skoro (Martin Dosh, Anticon artist and touring drummer for Andrew Bird, contributes percussion to the album).

Dark Dark Dark's sound draws heavily on Americana and Eastern European influences, referencing a long tradition of wandering musicians and those who have lived deeply. Despite the references, it's clear listening to "The Snow Magic" that this isn't a band preoccupied with recreating the past. Rather, the band both celebrates the past and looks forward, with songs remembering lost friends ("Junk Bones", "All The Things"), leaving lovers behind ("Trouble No More"), and casting off the things that hold us back ("A Spell For Letting Go"). With intricate song-craft and playful sensibilities, Dark Dark Dark uses their small array of age-old instruments to conjure a lush musical vision of the future.

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CROSS-POLLINATION CCLVI ::: Tuesday, SEP 22ND
7:30 - Doors Open
8:00 - CALLERS | myspace.com/callers
8:45 - DARK DARK DARK | darkdarkdark.com | myspace.com/darkdarkdarkband
9:30 - Cross-Pollination set ft CALLERS & DARK DARK DARK!!
10:00 - Guitar Hero