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Saturday, October 12, 2024  ·  8:00 PM CDT

The dB's / The Vulgar Boatmen

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000

The dB's

The dB's are singer/songwriters Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey along with Gene Holder on bass and Will Rigby on drums. The foursome grew up in Winston-Salem, NC, and helped define what would become the rich North Carolina indie-rock scene but emigrated to New York in the late 1970s and formed the band, frequently appearing at CBGB, Maxwell's and other influential venues.

Pitchfork cited Stands for deciBels among its 100 Top Albums of the 1980s. AllMusic applauded “a reverence for British pop and arty post-punk leanings…rarely is experimentation so enjoyable and irresistibly catchy” and said The dB's were “the band that bridged the gap between classic '70s power pop…and the jangly new wave of smart pop personified by R.E.M.”

Do not miss this extremely rare opportunity to see The dB's live!


The Vulgar Boatmen

In the early 1990's, the Vulgar Boatmen's first two albums, You and Your Sister and Please Panic, garnered accolades from virtually every major music publication in the country, despite being barely available on the tiny Record Collect and Safehouse labels. The group's unique working arrangement (two distinct lineups, located 800 miles apart, fronted separately by songwriters Robert Ray and Dale Lawrence) received a lot of attention - but so did their style, a melodic hypno-R&B, compared to everyone from Buddy Holly and Bo Diddley to Young Marble Giants and the Velvet Underground. Their songs were heard on both college and commercial radio - especially “Drive Somewhere”, a surprise hit on Chicago's WXRT. In 1995, the Boatmen made their major label debut with Opposite Sex, released in Europe on Blanco y Negro/EastWest. It too received glowing reviews from the British press, but label politics at Elektra kept the album from ever getting a stateside release. The band continues to pack midwestern clubs to this day.