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Over the Rhine

9 p.m. Wednesday, October 3. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City



In "Let's Spend the Day in Bed," a sweet love song on Over the Rhine's newest album, The Trumpet Child, Karin Bergquist croons, "We'll eat your favorite pie." Mmm, pie. Mmm, Over the Rhine. Since its formation in 1989, the Cincinnati band has released a dozen albums full of dreamy indie-rock. Over the Rhine's songs are moody but never mopey, and even the simplest lyrics are given gravitas by Bergquist's chillingly beautiful voice. Along with bandmate/husband/Wurlitzer maestro Linford Detweiler, Bergquist writes music that recalls everything from smoky '40s jazz standards to sweeping movie soundtracks. Child isn't as interesting or ambitious as Over the Rhine's earlier albums, but it's still a satisfying listen. And who can argue with these lyrics: "We'd make Neil Young a senator/(Even though he came from Canada)/Emmylou would be Ambassador/World leaders would listen to her." World peace and pie — what more could you possibly want?