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Bell X1 Acoustic Tour feat. Duke 

When: Fri., Oct. 5, 9 p.m. 2012
Ever wonder what mainstream pop might be like had The Stone Roses not put themselves out to pasture? Though Bell X1 sounds more like early Coldplay or Sea Change-era Beck than the aforementioned Mancunians, the powerhouse Irish group survived a similar brush with death when charismatic frontman Damien Rice bowed out before completing their debut record. Drummer Paul Noonan took the helm, and has held it steady through seven albums and massive international tours. Their latest offering, Field Recordings, features new Unplugged-style acoustic arrangements of fan favorites, captured in small, intimate clubs across the U. S. and Europe. Their visit to The Basement comes midway through a North American acoustic tour on which they’ll present much of the same material in a similar way, even in many of the same venues. Fans will be overjoyed, but even for casual listeners it’s a unique opportunity to see arena veterans (who recently played a gig on the roof at Facebook HQ) in the neighborhood bar. Support comes from fellow Irishman Duke Special, a pianist who may get mistaken on the street for Korn’s drum tech, but whose soulful sound compares favorably with Bright Eyes’ best work.
— Stephen Trageser


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