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Wednesday, Feb 11 2015

This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Cursive, an Omaha-based confederacy of musicians committed to questioning the meanings of life and love by way of emotionally combustible, exhaustively literate, secretly funky concept albums. There have been seven of these so far, the most recent of which is 2012's crunchy I Am Gemini, but this tour centers on its 2003 LP The Ugly Organ, the pinnacle to date in the band's brand of studied melodrama. (Organ was expanded and reissued in November by Saddle Creek, the Omaha rootsgaze label Cursive singer Tim Kasher helped build up to mid-aughts ascendancy along with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes.) The band will be supported by Philadelphia's Beach Slang, which splits the difference between Gin Blossoms and the Gaslight Anthem, and its fellow Omahan rockers in Twinsmith, whose every note reaffirms that they should be on Saddle Creek too (they are).

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