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He's Just Got That Glow

By Lizz Kannenberg in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 12, 2007 5:45PM


With the rise of new music media, and the ability to discover a new favorite band from Iceland in the comfort of your own bedroom, those instances of love for an unfamiliar artist at first sight leave more indelible impressions than ever.

That was the case last winter when we bounced into Schubas for a Cameron McGill set and were completely steamrolled by the opener, Brooklyn's Phosphorescent. The guy — part campfire genius, part one-man freak folk-church choir — was wrapped head-to-toe in Christmas lights, and was surrounded by the swirling cornucopia of sound built out of looped synthesizers and strained acoustic guitar. In the middle of it all, he stood calmly cooing the same line over and over, seemingly oblivious to the fact that there was a stage or an audience. This time around he's appearing in the cavernous AV-aerie, so you've got the makings of a regular troubadour sermon in Chicago's newest indie-centric celebration chapel.

MP3: Phosphorescent - A Picture of Our Torn Up Praise

Phosphorescent plays Sunday, October 14 at AV-aerie, 9:00 p.m., $8 suggested donation