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      July 10, 2019

      Wednesday   8:30 PM

      128 NE Russel Street
      Portland, Oregon 97212

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      J. Robbins: voice, guitarBill Barbot: guitar, voiceKim Coletta: bass guitarZach Barocas: drum kitJawbox was formed in Washington, DC in 1989 by J. Robbins, bassist Kim Coletta, and originaldrummer Adam Wade. The group released their debut 7 in 1990 on their own DeSoto label.Grippe , released on Dischord Records in 1991, was Jawboxs first full-length outing. That yearsaw second guitarist/singer Bill Barbot join the line-up in time to create a denser sound for1992s Novelty , also released on Dischord.Zach Barocas assumed drumming duties in April 92, ushering in a new era for the group withhis contributions to the rhythm section and the bands songwriting, as first exhibited on 1994sFor Your Own Special Sweetheart .Tours of all sizes and durations throughout Europe and the U.S. were part and parcel ofJawboxs routine back then. Equally explosive at Red Rocks or a Roman squat, they were in allcases a galvanized, well-oiled band.They released their last album, the self-titled Jawbox LP, in 1996, and after another year oftouring, broke up in 1997. Although Atlantic Records released the last two albums, Dischord hassince made all of the bands full-lengths available.The group reunited briefly in 2009 for an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon . Theperformance was a one-off, and there was no subsequent talk of any other shows of any kindfor years.In early 2017, however, Zach contacted his former bandmates to see what they thought aboutplaying some shows. The resulting conversations were at first casual, but eventually moved theband to action, and by June they began rehearsing for the shows that now comprise AnImpartial Overview.Its been an exciting time, reacquainting not only with the music but also with each other.However much the members of Jawbox have played elsewhere over the years, there is nodoubt that the chemistry and energy they bring to this band remains unique for each of them.The sets will draw from most of their discography with an emphasis on theRobbins/Coletta/Barbot/Barocas recordings, especially For Your Own Special Sweetheart andJawbox , which albums mark the peak of their creative and performative time together. Longtimefans will be in familiar territory: Colettas irrepressible presence; Robbinss heartfelt guitar andvocal harmonic roar; Barbots razor-sharp vocal and guitar challenge and complement; andBarocass exacting flail and crash continue to coalesce as they always have, as a singlefunctioning musical unit.

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