Staff Pick: R. Ring at The Tree Bar

From the May 3, 2012 edition

A well-known band can start feeling boxed into a signature sound, but there’s something to be said for keeping certain projects within certain boundaries so as not to lose focus and confuse the faithful. Full-fledged Ohio guitar rockers Kelley Deal (The Breeders) and Mike Montgomery (Ampline) found an outlet for new flavors in R. Ring. Their partnership trades in sparse and somber sounds, alt-pop stripped to its shiny, reflective core. The Misra Records signees make ideal music for The Tree Bar, where they’ll play Wednesday alongside Feature Films and another duo, Joel Walter with Keith Novicki.

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