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Fell On Black Days

| November 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

So, Wednesday is Black Wednesday and Friday is Black Friday, and Black Monday was October 18th, 1987. Black Wednesday gets its title supposedly because it’s the biggest DUI night of the year, closely followed by Halloween, 4th Of July, and, of course, every other night of the year when it’s someone’s birthday.

Where do New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, and Cinco De Mayo get out of this? Nothin’, because they don’t always fall on the same weekday. Congratulations, Easter! You’re now Black Sunday!

It’s doubtful the tour was arranged to specifically come to Chicago on Black Wednesday, but Russian Futurists don’t fall into fist-raising, cover-band territory. Weight’s On The Wheels (Upper Class) marks Matthew Hart’s return after five years, and he certainly hasn’t bulked up his sound to go toe-to-toe with Accept. One of its strengths, however, is how relatively unchanged yet perfectly contemporary it sounds. Hart’s fascination with sharply EQ’d synths and ground-shaking percussion hasn’t abated, as “Golden Years” and “To Be Honest” form a direct connection to 2005’s Our Thickness. A slicker, ’80s R&B inhabits “100 Shopping Days Til Christmas” while “Horseshoe Fortune” could be LCD Soundsystem unsaddled by hyper self-awareness. (Wednesday@Darkroom.)

— Steve Forstneger

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