Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

Cursive/Beach Slang/See Through Dresses

When: Mon., March 16, 8:30 p.m. 2015

When indie rockers Cursive went into the studio in 2003 to record The Ugly Organ, which they’ve just reissued as a “deluxe edition” with bonus tracks, they explicitly set out to make something “really bizarre.” “We wanted the chords to clash,” says guitarist Ted Stevens via phone from a Washington D.C. tour stop. “We saw it as something that was like a new sound. We got a chance to road test all that material. When we did hit the studio, we knew where things went.” Songs such as “Art is Hard” and “Am I Not Yours” feature off-kilter time signature changes and high-pitched vocals. The tunes have a manic energy to them that has translated well to the stage too. Stevens says the group has enjoyed digging back into the record to learn how to play tunes that it hasn’t played before. “There are a couple of songs we haven’t played in ten years and some we might have never played.” The bulk of tonight’s set will come from The Ugly Organ but Stevens promises the guys will play a few songs from the band’s many other albums as well. (Niesel)

Price: $15

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