Sat, Apr 28th | 3:00 PM
Friday, June 29, 2018 ♦ 8:00 PM
4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000
“Right now the band is so powerful, it's just a blast,” says Cris Kirkwood of longtime American underground music royalty, Meat Puppets. From their early days in Arizona to their seminal recordings on SST to their dalliance with the mainstream (no small thanks to an appearance with Nirvana on MTV Unplugged), culminating in an alternative hit “Backwater” off the gold record “Too High To Die”, Meat Puppets are back and in full force.
For this tour, the Puppets – Curt and Cris Kirkwood with drummer Shandon Sahm (son of Doug Sahm) and Curt's son, Elmo Kirkwood on guitar – have been adding music from their “middle period”: Huevos, Monsters and Too High to Die, along with “new” old stuff.
Born out of fierce friendship and a mutual affection for melody, Chicago's Ratboys – anchored by the partnership of Julia Steiner and Dave Sagan – aim to ‘write songs that tell stories and honor the intimacy of memory,' according to Steiner.
Their songs shift and breathe as worlds all their own, tied together by the group's self-proclaimed ‘post-country' sound, which combines moments of distortion and a DIY aesthetic with a devotion to simple songwriting and ties to the Americana sounds of years past.