Thursday, April 12, 2012

10 Apr 12

Hey, blogspot readers, SouthSide recently experienced a unique performance which combined her love for the classics and rock-n-roll at Double Door. Inside this hipster venue (located in the heart of Wicker Park), fans crowded the main floor for the best spot to see Rasputina (NY) rock the stage after a lively opening set by Daniel Knox.

This reviewer highly suggests checking out the classically infused, cello-driven music amidst a Victorian Age tone and essence presented by the trio known as Rasputina. And, blogspot readers, you don't have to be a fan of classical music (i.e. Bach, Shubert, Mozart, et al) to enjoy the electrifying intense sound created by the duo cellos (accompanied with a mini drum kit to add some percussion rhythms when needed). Despite having that classical sound, it was still rock music due to the electified cello riffs which added an aggressive, razor-sharp edge to the soothing clips and staccatos heard throughout Rasputina's headlining set. Besides the lovely rockin' music, Rasputina also boasted a trio of the harmonizing vocals on lyrics which had this reviewer thinking she was at the Lyric (Opera House) or Symphony Center rather than Double Door. The angelic tone popped the Victorian style verses to life emitting such heartfelt emotions whether within a calming yet intense classical rhythm, a haunting ballad or dark semi-apocalyptic tone. You would be amazed, blogspot readers, how this classical-infused rock music kept this crowd energetically hyped (especially one fan who constantly requested a particular song until Rasputina obliged) when performing songs such as Holocaust of Giants, Cage in a Cave, and Saline the Salt Lake Queen. This reviewer enjoyed the sweeping melodies (with a moment of bluegrass or organic/Native sound) intertwining with the electric rhythms with some thunderous percussion sound woven inside time to time was too beautiful that she had to stop wrting in order to bask in the awe-inspiring glow. There was passion and fire not only heard but felt, blogspot readers. Though there was classical essence deep inside this special recital performance, Rasputina did excite the crowd with their rockin' cover of Cheap Trick's I Want You To Want Me. SouthSide has heard rock covers of this particular song before but never done with classical tone and gritty electric cello riffs that had many singing along with the ladies.

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Until next time, support your local scene,

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