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Catch Blonde Readhead at Warsaw on Saturday Night

June 11th, 2015

Blonde Redhead have a unique backstory with an international bent: Start with twin brothers Amedeo and Simone Pace, who were born in Italy, raised in Montreal and studied jazz in Boston. Then add a chance encounter with Japanese art students Kazu Makino and Maki Takahashi at a New York City restaurant. Next, cut to Amedeo and Makino on guitars and vocals, Takahashi on bass and Simone on drums. Their sound caught the attention of Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, who produced and released the band’s self-titled debut on his own label in ’95. Takahashi left a short while later, and despite cycling through several different bassists, Blonde Readhead (above, playing “Here Sometimes” live for 4AD Sessions) put out four more albums over the next five years, often changing their sound on each one. The only thing that’s really slowed down this group is when Makino sustained serious injuries after getting tossed from and then stepped on by a horse. But they’ve been back on the grind ever since. Their ninth studio album, Barragán (stream it below) was released last year to some considerable plaudits. “Just as poetic, mysterious and bewitching as Blonde Redhead’s more baroque albums,” wrote AllMusic, “Barragán is a quietly audacious set of songs that ranks among the band’s finest music.” See them play Warsaw on Saturday night. Performing as a duo, Grizzly Bear’s drummer Chris Bear and keyboardist Aaron Arntz open the show.