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Dreadful Yawns

8 p.m. Thursday, February 12.The Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University, 20 North Grand Boulevard.

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Since its 2003 debut, Cleveland's Dreadful Yawns has gone through oodles of members. It seems that every time frontman Ben Gmetro wants to take his rootsy band in a slightly different direction (a splash of psychedelic coloring here, a pinch of post-Parsons-Byrds twang there), he recruits a whole new group of musicians to help him get there. Gmetro's latest version of the Yawns includes Elizabeth Kelly, who shakes a mean tambourine and provides some sweet harmonies on last year's Take Shape, the band's fourth (and most plugged-in) album. Its best songs pile on fuzzbox guitars ("Queen and the Jokester"), slow things down to lullaby speed ("Catskill") and even rub against indie-rock conventions ("Kill Me Now"). Sounds like Gmetro finally found some Yawns that don't make him sleepy.

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