With their southwest Ohio partnership R. Ring, The Breeders’ Kelley Deal and Ampline’s Mike Montgomery found a way to make folk-rock scrappy, minimal and ghostly in one compact package. Their aesthetic seems to have leapt from their collective consciousness fully defined, yet not bound in by the rules and regulations of genre.
It’s intriguing on record, but in concert it takes on a coal-fired-engine intensity, with Deal’s frank, friendly demeanor offering levity between catharses. The duo has been making intermittent appearances in Columbus, but this one should be special: Intimate confines, killer openers (Dolfish and The Whiles’ Joe Peppercorn), attendance capped at 100.
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