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Thursday, August 27, 2009

8/28: Native at Now That's Class

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 2:17 PM

If you’re one of those music fans who wishes At the Drive-In had never broken up and mewithoutYou had never gone the acoustic-psych path, chances are you’ll like Native. The Indiana quartet play the kind of gnarled, intricate and intelligent post-hardcore those two other bands are known for, and they do it with the same balls-out spirit. With guitar work that relies a little bit on jazz, spazzy and hip-jolting rhythms, experimental flourishes and a piss-and-vinegar fueled frontman, Native craft free-roaming, five-minute mini-epics that never get stale. If prog-rock was down with basement shows instead of stadium-sized gigs, chaotic complexity instead of extended solos and raw throats rather than operatic pipes, we’d have a whole slew of bands like Native. But for now, they seem to have the multi-part, musically adept, post-hardcore market cornered. Two Hand Fools, Antilles and Positive open at 9 p.m. at Now That’s Class (11213 Detroit Ave., 216.221.8576). Tickets: $5. — Matt Whelihan

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