Dolly Varden

It's pretty weird how something seems like it has been around forever. Yes, 1995 might well seem like forever to a young 'un, yet it's but a moment in Chicago rock history. That was the year that Steve Dawson, Diane Christiansen, Mark Balletto, Mike Bradburn and Matt Thobe issued their first recording as Dolly Varden and this city got another bit of glory added to its illustrious sonic legacy. What does it sound like? Pretty rock music, made in Chicago. Like this melting pot of a city, Dolly Varden's music calls upon everything from power-pop and straight rock to alt-country and folk. And because it's a band that has soldiered on, unchanged since Bradburn replaced Lisa Crowe in 1995, there is a quality that can only come from performers who know each other like an old married couple. 9 p.m. Saturday, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave. $15 (21+); 773-525-2508 or
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