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Reunited, Owls Play The Bowery Ballroom Tomorrow Night

July 10th, 2014

Tim Kinsella (vocals), Mike Kinsella (drums), Victor Villareal (guitar) and Sam Zurick (bass) had been making music together in a variety of bands—including emo pioneers Cap’n Jazz—since high school in Chicago when they decided to give it a go officially as Owls. The quartet put out an angular, exploratory self-titled album (stream it below) produced by Steve Albini in 2001. AllMusic said, “Owls may not take over music based on this disc, but it is still a fine achievement and many of the collaborators’ best work in years.” But a year later, the band broke up and the members went their separate ways. And that’s where this story would have ended if they hadn’t reunited in 2012. After a considerable amount of time spent writing and recording, Owls released their second full-length, the aptly titled Two (stream it below) this past March. Again, AllMusic weighs in: “Though they took over a decade to follow up their first album, Two still sounds like a band a decade ahead of its time.” See them tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom. Hop Along and Glocca Morra open the show.