Pop/Rock

The Lonely H w/The Effects, TJ McFarland & John Wesley Satterfield LOUNGE: Rae Hering, Saul Zonana & Paul Umbach

When: Fri., July 1, 8:30 p.m. 2011

If you took Northwestern transplants the Lonely H out trick-or-treating, they’d return home every hour to change their costume. Youth is certainly a time of capriciousness, fluid identity and rapid self-discovery, but it’d be nice if they could commit to something. The quintet began in high school and leveraged attention earned during a battle of the bands sponsored by Seattle’s Experience Music Project into a label deal for their 2006 debut, Kick Upstairs. Its baroque, harmony-enriched indie pop then gave way to the windy, guitar-driven ’70s album rock of 2007’s Hair. From there it was onto the country-folk and Southern rock of 2009’s Concrete Class, which channels the Grateful Dead, the Band, the Eagles and Sticky Fingers-era Stones. While fairly well executed, the wide-ranging roleplay feels like one of Martin Lawrence’s Big Momma movies. Bands should evolve, but consistency isn’t a four-letter word — and it’d make them helluva lot easier to follow.

Chris Parker

Price: $5

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