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2B - Thursday, October 11, 2007

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The Daily Arts guide to the
best upcoming events
Today 10.11.07
Stunt Johnson
8 p.m.
At Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
University Symphony
8 p.m.
At Hill Auditorium
Tomorrow 10.12.07
Our Lady of 121st Street
7.30 p.m
At the Arthur Miller Theatre
The Kinsey Report
8 p.r.
At The Ark
Saturday 10.13.07
Eddie from Ohio
8 p.m.
At The Ark
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48 days in jail. " JENNIFER LOPEZ
is finally pregnant. Big belly to match
that big ass.@" LILY ALLEN loses
weight via hypnosis. No, really.
One, two, three, you don't want
fish n' chips. Wake upl LINDSAY
LOHAN swears she's finally turn-
ing her life around - from rehab.
Third time's a charm.@" BRITNEY
SPEARS charged with hit-end-
run (too many puns). 0 PAMELA
ANDERSON's 24-hour-notice
nuptials Saturday lead to a fake
cardboard wedding cake for lack of
time. It wouldn't be the first time she
faked it (bazingl).

Bringing a
genre together
For the Daily
It's easy to understand if you
completely missed American
Football. The three-piece released
just a dozen songs and, its few per-
formances were mainly restricted
to a small radius around its home-
townof Urbanal11.Though singer
Mike Kinsellasalone released more
than 20 albums in bands like the
noteworthy emocore group Cap'n with separate voices echoing one
Jazz, what has saved the band another. The general production
from emo obscurity is the pow- value is not particularly high.
erful influence it's exerted in the Not every note is immediately on
indie sphere sinde it disbanded. pitch, and on "I'll See You When
The songs of American Foot- We're Both Not So Emotional," it
ball's 1999 self-titled release take sounds as if Kinsella is in another
the then-familiar sound of Sunny room singing the lyrics, only add-
Day Real Estate-style emo and ing to the song's despondency.
push the music in new directions But the singing is only a
by heavily experimenting time footnote to the complex, emo-
signature and song structure. The tive music. Two songs are even
result is a cohesive set of sngs instrumental, and others go for
that bridge the gap between the minutes without any vocals.
heartfelt sincerity of emo and the The guitars often establish two
lush instrumental backdrops of separate, arpeggiated loops with
post-rock. occasional delay. This is the case
"The Summer Ends" sums up on "Stay Home," a warm collage
the basic lyrical focus. Kinsella of alternating textures. At point
sings softly, "Thinking about leav- the melody is descending, then
ing / And how I should say good- it's ascending with a dompletely
bye." Like most of the album, he different rhythm. This is typical
of American Football: It creates
beauty only to change it.
What guides the music to and
M ore than just through these changes are the
drums. Aside from supplement-
a plaintive ing the already dense songs with
jazzy fills and irregular beats,
whine. the drums decide the mood of the
music. Often the guitar and bass
simply repeat over a long period
of time, relying on the drums to
concentratesonplainlyexpressing steady the transition. They create
his feeling that things are chang- tension that later finds release, as
ing and that it's difficult for him. in the beginning of "Stay Home"
Kinsella's delivery of these - a technique replicated by doz-
unadorned lyrics varies through- ens of post-rock bands since.
out the record, but he typically All of this over the course of
lets out a few words, leaves a 40 minutes. The band's music
pause then finally finishes his affirmed that emo wasn't just
thought. He experiments with whining but a genre of surprising,
layered vocals on "Never Meant," enduring music.



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