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Ezra Furman w/ Sleepy Kitty & The Living Statuses @ Company Brewing

  • Company Brewing 735 E Center St Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212 (map)

"Ezra Furman started writing songs. Then he broke up with his longtime sweetie and formed a blistering rock and roll band (in Boston) called Ezra Furman & the Harpoons. They made albums: Banging Down the Doors (2007), Inside the Human Body (2008), Moon Face (2009) and Mysterious Power (2011). And they played some really great shows. They even became popular overseas.

"Then Ezra went solo. He holed up in the attic (in Chicago where he is from) and made The Year of No Returning, released in 2012. Ezra's follow-up album, entitled Day of the Dog, will be released in September of 2013 on Bar/None Records. Right now he is one of the best songwriters around. He rocks, he connects, he haunts and he kills. These days he usually plays with his wild band, The Boy-Friends. He's one of our finest Rock 'n' Roll fools, heart open wide and fangs bared. Keep your eyes peeled, ladies and gents. He's far from finished."

"Nothing about Ezra Furman holds still. He loads his albums with frantic energy and watches them burn down to embers. Unlike the wiry, anxious music his brother Jonah writes with the Massachusetts band Krill, Furman's music hides little behind metaphor or enigma. He'd rather spit out all his problems than wrap them up into something oblique." ~ Pitchfork

"I very much doubt Ezra Furman will ever be a star, topping the charts, headlining festivals, getting photographed in the gossip pages. He's unlikely star material after all, a young man in a dress and vigorously applied make-up, singing about his Jewish faith, his depression, his anger and his joy, to a backing of 50s rock'n'roll, interspersed with bits of garage rock and Velvet Undergroundish R&B. Imagine Jonathan Richman's even nerdier younger brother, from Chicago rather than Boston, and you're partway there. But it's indisputable that he's having what one might call a moment a couple of low-key British gigs this week sold out in hours, and those who know him think he's one of the most compelling artists working at the moment." ~ The Guardian

Company Brewing is excited to welcome Chicago natives, Ezra Furman, Sleepy Kitty and Milwaukee's Living Statues on Thursday, March 24th, 2016.