Chicago Sun-Times
Tuning in with Thomas Conner

Demo2DeRo: The Ragtones

| 1 Comment | No TrackBacks

ragtones.jpg

As bands' boasts of an unlikely combination of influences go, I haven't heard a wilder one than the way guitarist-vocalist Chris Oakes described the Ragtones: as a combination of Tom Waits, the White Stripes and Nine Inch Nails. (Forget about "one of these things is not like the others"; none of them are!) Yet if the Chicago trio doesn't quite pull off that unholy marriage, it's easy to see what he was getting at: The band boasts a timeless, amorphous rootsiness at the same time that it feels thoroughly modern and sometimes downright alien.

Initially formed to provide the backdrop for a fashion show, the response to that one-off live show was so encouraging that the group decided to keep going, and it's been playing out regularly since early last year. The Ragtones--which are completed by keyboardist Jeremy Tromburg and drummer Mike Mazzola--are about to release a 10-song album aptly entitled "The Ragtones Time Travel Extravaganza." A generous sampling of their songs is streaming online at http://www.myspace.com/theragtones, and the band will perform at Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, on Monday, March 22.

No TrackBacks

TrackBack URL: http://blogs.suntimes.com/cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/30141

1 Comment

Why no coverage of Ray Davies, no mention Friday, no review, I know it was a busy music w/e but a rock icon comes into town. Your competitor treated him the same way.
Great show, enjoye the 88 as warm-up + encore with Ray at the end.
Frustrated Fan Maz

Leave a comment

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Jim DeRogatis published on March 15, 2010 1:00 AM.

Big noise from the Big Pink was the previous entry in this blog.

Chicago's southern migration is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.