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Mary Timony Plays Helium
9:00 PM - 11:59 PM The Independent
Date: February 17, 2018 to February 17, 2018
Where: The Independent, 628 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, California, United States, 94117
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rd.Timonys fearless approach to her craft resulted in her forging a new path for the much-discussed woman in rock, one where a woman could nod to her femininity without hewing to outdated ideas of womanhood, and one where someone could not just play guitar, but could play with ideas of how the instrument should be approached. Timony simultaneously deconstructs and rebuilds riffs, searching for resolution but also savoring the journey toward it; with Helium, she pushed her technique and explored unconventional compositional ideas in-depth. The chug of Pats Trick was of a piece with the brand of 90s rock given the indie rock blessing, but Timonys swallowing-itself solo and laconic vocal elevated the track, making it a head-rush of damaged beauty.Heliums first single, 1993s The American Jean, announced a band that was as influenced by progs exploratory impulses as it was by punks willingness to speak its peace, its thrum anchored by Shawn King Devlins crashing drums and Brian Duntons loping basslines. The work that followedthe Hole In The Ground/Lucy 7-inch, the high-concept EP Pirate Prudefurthered the vision of Timony, whose guitar playing and lyrics hummed with the desire to build something new out of the worlds various rubbles, to grow a flower out of the apocalypse.In 1995 Helium released The Dirt Of Luck, a stunning collection that revealed how Timonys songwriting prowess had grown. Its lyrics were filled with heady feminist imagery that matched the restlessness of Timonys playing, while new bassist Ash Bowie (Polvo) gave added heft to the musics low end; Superball is a broadside from a small-but-mighty being that could demolish any comers, while the late-hour drawl Honeycomb paints a picture of a witchy woman whos a roll of the dice. Babys Going Underground, meanwhile, is the highest point on an album full of them, its thundering drums and bad-dream drones creating a song that could conceivably stretch on for eons. With 1997s The Magic City, Timony shifted her l
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