The Evens @ Random Row Tonight (2/2/13)

February 2nd, 2013 · 3 Comments · By

The Evens are the stripped down duo of Ian MacKaye (everything I listened to age 16-19) and Amy Farina (Ted Leo & The Pharmacists). Their third and most recent album, “The Odds,” was released late last year to critical fanfare and the approval of a slew of WTJU DJ’s. Despite its relative quiet nature to MacKaye and Farina’s past work it’s wrought with a slow-burning intensity. I have to admit it was startling to hear the man who sang “Screaming at a Wall” sound so reserved at first, but the righteous (and I mean that in the best way) social commentary and independent streak are all here. A baritone guitar, drums, and a pair of voices are all The Evens need to make captivating music. This concert is not to be missed.

Doors at 7:00 and it’s $5 and all-ages because of course it is.

Don’t forget to check out James’ interview with the ever so thoughtful MacKaye here.

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  • 1 theloneranger // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    A classic evens jam…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhNbaMJNA50

  • 2 James // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    old-timers might remember the last time Ian MacKaye was in town, when he did a Q&A after a screening of “Instrument” in the fall of ’02. (I may have been the only person there who came because of Jem Cohen, rather than Fugazi). he’s a very articulate and patient public speaker, with tons of tales to tell.

    one thing I was particularly struck by, as he talked about his interactions with the “Straight Edge” community over the years, was the sort of (to my perspective) cognitive dissonance between his inspiring personal ethos of “I made some rules for myself about how I want to live, based on how I think the world should work” vs. many generations of punk kids who decided “I’m going to follow Ian MacKaye’s rules for himself based on how he thinks the world should work” … that part’s always seemed a little weird to me. he seems to have a pretty healthy perspective about it, though, and is pretty consistent about discussing his worldview in detail without ever explicitly recommending it for anyone else or contradicting theirs.

    anyhow, Ian was very kind when we chatted on the phone for that C-Ville interview. I’m looking forward to this evening’s show.

  • 3 James // Feb 2, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    fun fact: MacKaye cold-called Ryan Deramus (on the recommendation of several mutual friends/musicians) to book the show, and Ryan agreed to it readily without having any idea who he was speaking to.