There's some confusion, understandably, about exactly what Chicago's Entrance Band purports to be. Are they good-time classic-rawk hash slingers? Psychedelic adventurers? Protest-rock revivalists? The endpoint where bassist/violinist's Paz Lenchantin - she's done time with Zwan, Pajo and A Perfect Circle, among scads of other projects - finally quells her nomadic impulses? Judging by the trio's new self-titled Ecstatic Peace!/Universal album, the answer is "all of the above."
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The disc explores hoary agit-prop poses, echo-chambered vocal kaleidoscopes and dark, winding blues riffs. Guitarist/singer Guy Blakeslee, drummer Derek James, and Lenchantin want to have their cake, eat it and smear it in your face. So The Entrance Band is by turns willfully lysergic ("Still Be There," lava-lamp philosophy primer "Lives"), Black Mountain heavy ("Sing For The One"), unabashedly amorous ("You're The One") and overtly politicized ("I'm raising my voice, can you hear me sing?/ I voted for change, didn't change anything," Blakeslee grouses on rootsy anthem "M.L.K."). The Entrance Band, then, are whoever you need them to be. With Nebula, 8 p.m. tonight at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington, 713-862-2513 or www.4215washington.com.