Concert Recommendation: Mike Doughty and Dan Wilson
There are pluses and minuses to Doughty touring solo. The old Soul Coughing
songs miss something without Sebastian Steinberg's supple funk on upright
bass, M'ark de Gli Antoni's unexpected samples or Doughty's shouting, "Yuval
Gabay!" since the drummer isn't present. On the other hand, the spareness
of just Doughty and his guitar makes it easier to decipher his absurdist
lyrics. Also, he has always provided great between-song banter.
Opener Dan Wilson is worth catching in his own right. He has an angelic voice
and has written some beautifully catchy songs with both Trip Shakespeare
and Semisonic. Don't dismiss him as a one-hit wonder for "Closing Time."
Mike Doughty and Dan Wilson play Schuba's,
3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL, 773.525.2508, at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April
27 and 7 p.m. on Monday, April 28.