Now comprised, Trent Reznor-style, of just one manAnberlin's Stephen Christian, albeit with the odd sideman/acoustical helping handAnchor & Braille once featured fellow tousle-haired singer Aaron Marsh of Copeland. But they parted amicably when Marsh read the (raised) writing on the wall: A&B was to be a vehicle for songs that Christian felt were "too personal" for a full-on, shit-kick Rock Show. The project is now set to release its debut, Felt, this month, and Christians songs are surprisingly listenablea tunesy minstrelsy of late 90s Insta-Indie (Third Eye Blind, Tonic, Verve Pipe) thankfully lacking in the usual Tooth & Nail-style histrionics. And unlike fellow asymmetrically coiffed acousticoswere looking at you, Dashboard ConfessionalA&B wont tempt you to put your head through the windshield come the chorus. Is Christian reinventing the wheel? Hell, no. Then again, the wheel's been rolling along pretty good for a couple centuries or more.
Tue., Aug. 4, 9 p.m., 2009