Evangelicals Tour Everywhere: Check Them Out!

Evangelicals
Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL

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The gender neutrality in Josh Jones’s vocals, frontman of the indie-rock four piece The Evangelicals, is perhaps their most endearing quality – maybe more so than being from Norman, Oklahoma. Despite scoring two 8.0+ ratings on Pitchfork for both of their albums to date (and rightfully so), the band hasn’t caught fame like the lesser, though often compared, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!

The Evangelicals show last night at the Beat Kitchen marks their fourth appearance in Chicago, I believe, in 20 months time. Unlike CYHSY! and the more gimmicky, over-the-top indie acts, Evangelicals will have staying-power it seems. Gems flood both their ’06 debut So Gone and their latest, The Evening Descends. From tropical to theatrical elements, the keyboard-heavy, ’80-based songs are freshened up with an indie mind-set which replaces and modernizes cheesy elements from their pop influences.

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Both openers were Chicago-area band; The Chicago-based Syllable Section, who share some of the same inspiration of the Evangelicals, is a band worthy of your time on their MySpace, (be sure to check out “If It’s In You”).

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For those looking for a few numbers to get in to the ‘gelicals try these on for size:

Skeleton Man” and “Paperback Suicide” from The Evening Descends
“Diving,” “Goin Down,” and my current favorite “What An Actress” from So Gone.

Head over to their MySpace and check out YouTube to see the gnarly video for their also rad song “Midnight Vignette.”

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For those who missed the show, the hard-working Evangelicals will hit just about every US coordinate between now and their homecoming show at the end of October:

Sep 21 2008 8:00P          The Bluebird Bloomington, Indiana
Sep 22 2008 8:00P          The Mad Hatter Covington, Kentucky
Sep 23 2008 8:00P          Skully’s Music Diner Columbus, Ohio
Sep 24 2008 8:00P          Beachland Tavern Cleveland, Ohio
Sep 25 2008 8:00P          Bug Jar Rochester, New York
Sep 26 2008 8:00P          Big Orbit’s Sound Lab Buffalo, New York
Sep 27 2008 8:00P          Sneaky Dee’s Toronto, Ontario
Sep 28 2008 8:00P          Casbah Lounge Hamilton, Ontario
Sep 29 2008 8:00P          Zaphod Beeblebrox Ottawa, Ontario
Oct 1 2008 8:00P            Middle East Upstairs Cambridge, Massachusetts
Oct 2 2008 8:00P            Cake Shop New York, New York
Oct 4 2008 8:00P            Rock n Roll Hotel Washington DC, Washington DC
Oct 6 2008 8:00P            Clementine Harrisonburg, Virginia
Oct 8 2008 8:00P            Village Tavern Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
Oct 9 2008 8:00P            Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, Georgia
Oct 10 2008 8:00P          JJ’s Bohemia Chattanooga, Tennessee
Oct 11 2008 8:00P          End Nashville, Tennessee
Oct 13 2008 8:00P          Maintenence Shop Ames, Iowa
Oct 14 2008 8:00P          Hi Dive Denver, Colorado
Oct 15 2008 8:00P          Kilby Court Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct 16 2008 8:00P          Neorlux Boise, Idaho
Oct 17 2008 8:00P          Vera Project Seattle, Washington
Oct 18 2008 8:00P          Department of Safety Anacortes, Washington
Oct 19 2008 8:00P          Whaam Bellingham, Washington
Oct 20 2008 8:00P          The New Frontier Tacoma, Washington
Oct 21 2008 8:00P          Backspace Portland, Oregon
Oct 23 2008 8:00P          Hemlock Tavern San Francisco, California
Oct 24 2008 8:00P          SLO Art Center San Luis Obispo, California
Oct 25 2008 8:00P          Little Radio Los Angeles, California
Oct 27 2008 8:00P          Solar Culture Tucson, Arizona
Oct 28 2008 8:00P          CSF SUB Santa Fe, New Mexico
Oct 29 2008 8:00P          Bash Rip Rock’s 2 Lubbock, Texas
Oct 30 2008 8:00P          HELLOPOLIS Norman, Oklahoma

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