Split Single is Jason Narducy, a Chicago indie-rock journeyman whose debut, Fragmented World, is the stuff underground dreams are made of: post-punk guitar licks, pulse-pounding tempos, hints of synthesizer, and Spoon's Britt Daniels and Superchunk's Jon Wurster, along for the ride as glorified sidemen. But in the personnel turned head initially, it's Narducy's penetrating harmonies and habit-forming melodies that are keeping listeners rapt. A decade or two previous, Fragmented World's title track might have been a alt-radio smash; in 2014, Narducy's will have to content himself with knowing he's a couple steps ahead of the pack, and grab those festival gigs as they're offered.
Wed., May 21, 8:30 p.m., 2014
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