Thalia Zedek was born in Washington, D.C., but her music career didn’t take off until she moved to Boston in 1979 and became part of that city’s fertile underground-rock scene. The singer-songwriter-guitarist was part of several bands before she made the move to go solo in 2001, releasing Been Here and Gone on Matador Records to some considerable acclaim. Said Pitchfork: “A long way from her days spent with Come, Uzi, and Live Skull, Been Here and Gone seems the mature and reminiscent record of an aged career, like Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now or Neil Young’s Harvest Moon.” Eschewing quantity for quality, the brooding rocker put out her fourth solo album, Via (stream it below), earlier this year. PopMatters says Zedek (above, performing “1926”) “has given us another rumbling, sweet, muscled set of tunes, as resilient as they are beautiful, and showed us that just because you’re in between, doesn’t mean you’re on the fence.” See her play the late show tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge.
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Way back in 1990, Thalia Zedek (vocals and guitar), Chris Brokaw (guitar and vocals), Arthur Johnson (drums) and Sean O’Brien (bass) were all playing in different bands when they met through a mutual acquaintance in Boston. They began jamming together and formed the dark blues-rock outfit Come. Two years later, their acclaimed debut, Eleven: Eleven, was recorded in little more than a week and released on Matador Records. Entertainment Weekly glowingly referred to it as “a captivating blast of ennui and feedback that may be Matador’s finest moment yet.” Not only did the album receive some serious media love, big-time musicians like Kurt Cobain, Bob Mould and J Mascis all publicly praised it. Three more excellent—and almost as equally dark—albums followed: After Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell came out in 1994, Johnson and O’Brien left the band. Several musicians filled in on 1996’s Near-Life Experience, before Winston Bramen (bass) and Daniel Coughlin (drums) joined Come for their fourth full-length, Gently, Down the Stream, which came out in 1998. But then other than a few reunions over the years, that was pretty much it … until recently. On the heals of its 20th anniversary, Eleven: Eleven, which had long been out of print and much sought after, has been reissued, and the original lineup of Come (above, doing “Dead Molly,” “Submerge,” “Bell” and “William” in France) is back together. And now, after all these years, you can finally see them onstage again tonight at The Bowery Ballroom.
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