In House #1630: Charlatans UK in Salt Lake City Tonight; New Camera Obscura, Stuart A. Staples
Always a bit less high profile than fellow Madchester scenesters like the Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays, the Charlatans (or Charlatans UK on this side of the Atlantic) nevertheless released a string of solid if overlooked albums, beginning with 1990's Some Friendly. Moreover, despite tulmutuous events that included a prison stint for one band member and death for another, the Charlatans persevered-- and it's somewhat ironic that they appear to be the last Madchester band standing. In fact, they've got a new album, entitled Simpatico, and are currently touring in its support, hitting Club Sound in Salt Lake City tonight. While their discography does contain some rather dated moments-- mostly done as they attempted to move out from under the stereotyped trappings of their original scene-- their latest sounds like a band that's making new music on its own terms.
In House #1630.
Focus: The Charlatans UK in Salt Lake City tonight, plus new music from Camera Obscura, Stuart A. Staples, Jennifer O'Connor and more.
Jennifer O'Connor, from the upcoming Over the Mountain, Across the Valley, and Back to the Stars: "Exeter, Rhode Island" (MP3)