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Elf Power

9 p.m. Friday, September 15. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)


Elf Power's aptitude for creating albums that speak for themselves first and the band second make each release sound like a distinct era in the Elves' ever-evolving course. The gypsy folk of Back to the Web finds Andrew Rieger creating invitingly warm environments with twelve-string acoustic guitar. He orchestrates violin, cello and accordion to great effect and also employs calming, Tibetan-style throatsinging; backward loops and tribal drumming are among the surprises discovered on subsequent listens. "An Old Familiar Scene" pairs detached singing with a choir of guitars, and "23rd Dream" is touched by mandolin and melancholy. But to like the Elves is to appreciate some constants: These Elephant 6 collectivists have a need to match psych-pop folk melodies with intriguing lyrics and complex instrumentation. (This show was moved from the Hi-Pointe.)

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