III UN Presents III Mike Adams at His Honest Weight, Advance Base & Rob Jacobs @ The Burlington, 5/5/14
Indiana native Michael Dwayne Adams is a melody maker of the most earnest disposition. After nearly ten years as a composing member of Midwestern indie outfit Husband & Wife, Adams cut his first solo record in 2011 under the moniker Mike Adams at His Honest Weight. He’s back this May with Best of Boiler Room Classics on Bloomington’s preeminent Flannelgraph Records.
A singer-songwriter in the grand tradition, Adams builds gently tuneful elements into sublimely textured pop structures. His melancholic croon immediately triggered warm memories of one of my favorites from 2005—Lou Barlow’s indie pop delicacy Emoh. His vocal timbre can easily be read as an augmentation of other ‘90s indie rock forebears like Doug Martsch or Jason Molina as well. Adams, however, succeeds in bolstering the production value from the ragged ‘90s aesthetic to a more dynamically-ranged and embedded sonic palate. Maybe most laudable, though, is Adams’ tremendous ear for the hook. Best of Boiler Room Classics is supercharged with succinctly patterned melodic phrasings that seem to get permanently lodged in the subconscious’s endless appetite for the singalong.
Mike Adams at His Honest Weight shoves off on a Midwest tour that touches down in Chicago on Monday, May 5 at The Burlington. He’ll be joined by synth pop luminary Owen Ashworth (fka Casiotone for the Painfully Alone) aka Advance Base and Chicago newcomer/levitating shaman poet Rob Jacobs (Wei Zhongle). We’re pleased to present these three seasoned artists in a night of reverence to the song.
Mike Adams at His Honest Weight, Advance Base, Rob Jacobs
Monday, May 5 @ The Burlington - 3425 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, Ill
9pm / $7