LEAVES RUSSELL, NICOLE BERKE, DKOTA
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Available tonight, Tale of Two Basements is the new five-song offering from local quartet Leaves Russell. The Russell boys are technically gifted nearly to a fault, creating songs loaded down with grandiose instrumentation (so much violin!) and a slightly disjointed structure. While opener "Heart of Things" doesn't skimp on the melodrama, the band sounds more comfortable on precise rock numbers like "Paperthin." And the less said about weepy ballad "La Zona Rosa" the better. While it's clear that Leaves Russell's intentions are in the right place, Basements struggles mightily to progress through its overly ambitious song structure, proof that sometimes the simplest of ideas work the best. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
A complete listing of this week's shows can be viewed here.