Dean Wareham is the mastermind behind the classic bands Galaxie 500 and Luna, original scores for Noah Baumbach films, and Dean & Britta, a duo with Luna bassist Britta Phillips. Deeply beloved by certain nostalgic, sentimental types, Galaxie 500 has found a foothold in music history, as a considerable amount of the ‘indie’ style can be traced back to the group’s late-‘80s work.
That handful of albums — Today, On Fire, and This Is Our Music — has influenced the sound of notables including Low, Sonic Youth, and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, while Galaxie 500 songs have appeared in major films and been the subject of countless covers. Wareham hasn’t rested on his laurels, however, and continues to issue affecting and introspective guitar pop. A recent Jim James-produced solo album, called simply Dean Wareham, came out on March 11 to strong reviews.
Wareham worshippers abound, and the artist is seemingly aware of the impact his decades-old work still has on the hearts of indie music fans. On Saturday, July 15, he’ll be playing Galaxie 500’s first album, Today, in its entirety, along with selections from the rest of the Galaxie 500, Luna, and Dean & Britta oeuvre at the Chapel, joined by Phillips herself. Come early for an opening set from cheekily named neo-psychedelic rockers The Stevenson Ranch Davidians and experience a throwback to the exalted early days of indie rock.
Dean & Britta, the Stevenson Ranch Davidians
July 15, 2017