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Parachute Musical

9 p.m. Friday, February 1. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street.



Parachute Musical could be from anywhere — anywhere, that is, but Nashville, the town the quartet calls home. With the delirious pretentiousness of high school musicals and poetry journals, the rhythmic savvy of the Fray, the romp of the Decemberists, the piano-plinked fabulae of Ben Folds and exactly none of the twang of Music City, Josh Foster and company negotiate the line between sweet-natured charm and cloying pastiche. For the forthcoming Everything Is Working Out Fine In Some Town, Foster called on some nineteen string, woodwind and brass players to up the ante on indie collectivism. The orchestra passes on cramming into the van, but if the live show can capture Foster's vision of big, beckoning sweetness, Parachute Musical may wind up as the shrewdest carnies on the cotton-candy-coated, emo-pop strip.