Leader of the pack: Los Lobos to play Bearsville

February 27, 2014 05:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I take issue with the idea that the Band was a quintessential “roots-rock” outfit – as if it were that simple! So the proto-ambient dream pop of “Whispering Pines” is roots music? The sly musical theater structure of “When You Awake”? “Jawbone,” with its multiple meter changes and Aaron Copeland quotes? (Well, I suppose that Copeland was a “roots” composer of sorts – but not until after he had learned and abandoned 12-tone serialism.) The Band, for me, was an odd kind of barnyard/progressive: a chamber group dressed, self-consciously, in traditionalist garb. “Roots” was their specimen for study, not their lens. They weren’t Americana, but a pretty smart Canadian commentary thereupon.
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