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Doug Gillard, James Apollo and Ruler: Doug Gillard, James Apollo, and Ruler

Thu., June 12, 8 p.m. 2014 This event has passed.   |   $7/$10   |   21+ Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 206-324-8005

If you care about Ohio rock and pop music, you likely have records and/or MP3s with Doug Gillard’s fingerprints all over ’em. The guitarist/vocalist’s lent his keen melodic sensibilities to many important combos from the Cleveland and Dayton areas, including Death of Samantha, Guided by Voices, Cobra Verde, and Gem. As his pedigree indicates, Gillard is a rock traditionalist whose power-pop-leaning songcraft’s embellished by flashy glam and rueful punk gestures. His new album, Parade On, exudes Gillard’s nonchalant brilliance with a hook and road-tested rock dynamics. Singing with a pleasant Midwestern flatness, he spins countless variations on familiar chord sequences and, against great odds, creates a fresh-sounding record in which every song’s a potential single. DAVE SEGAL

Chop Suey

1325 E Madison St
Seattle, WA, 98122 (Capitol Hill)
(206) 324-8005