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Marnie Stern 

When: Tue., April 9, 10 p.m. 2013
Price: $8
With her new album, The Chronicles of Marnie Stern, noise-loving singer-guitarist Marnie Stern has created her most accessible, least noisy album. In the past, she’s piled layer upon layer of guitars onto her albums, but this time around, she shows some restraint. That wasn’t entirely intentional. “A lot of it was a function of my financial woes and my ProTools wasn’t compatible with my new computer so I downloaded a hacked version and it messed up my computer,” she explains. “Anytime I added more than four tracks, it would crash. I had to rush and only put the bare bones parts on it. When we got to the studio the engineer wanted to keep it stripped. I went with that because it was different and it made me very uncomfortable and I figured that was good. The guitar has a different kind of distortion on it than it normally does.” Though more accessible, the songs on the new album still adhere to the noise template. The jittery opening track “Year of the Glad” sounds like The Cocteau Twins on speed and tunes such as “Still Moving” and “Hell Yes” feature intricate guitar workouts. Stern says the new material is actually easier to perform live. “It’s surprisingly easy to do because it’s stripped. It’s the older stuff that has a million trillion layers that’s harder to do.” (Jeff Niesel)


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