Chicago musician David Singer
never has neatly fit into anyone's box.
Singer has led two fine, hard-hitting psychedelic pop combos, Fix Your Wagon and Kid Million, dating back to the alternative era of the '90s, but he's never been quite freaky enough to follow in the footsteps of fellow travelers such as the Flaming Lips or Grandaddy. As a solo artist, he's released four strong albums and was signed for a time to Deep Elm Records, but his smart, literate, and heartfelt tunes were never quite "emo" enough to be embraced by that scene.
Now, he's given up trying to fit in anywhere, and he's experiencing some of the biggest success of his career, scoring the Steppenwolf play August: Osage County,
which won five Tony awards, and releasing the new album "Arrows," one of the best he's ever given us. This is the first of a two-part interview with Singer, who performs a record release show at Lincoln Hall with his band the Sweet Science at 8 p.m. on Thursday. (Tickets are $12
, and the Interiors and Nelken open.)
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