Jane Bond, The Parlor, June 25

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Jane Bond

The Parlor, June 25

As the Beastie Boys observed in 1986, White Castle fries only come in one size. North Loop's Parlor doesn't serve fries, and their pizzas are available in three sizes, but they don't have any ice and have recently taken to featuring music on Monday nights. Shoved into the corner of the Hole in the Wall-size pizza joint -- guitarist Matt Giles sat on the windowsill -- Jane Bond's unapologetically rootsy local outfit holds forth for around an hour every Monday night. The youthful Bond has one of those voices that immediately commands your attention, a full-throated, lazy Sunday afternoon, chicken-fried twang that is by turns sultry, playful, and boisterous. The set consisted of songs from her 2001 self-released CD and its ancestors, including a pair of Bob Wills tunes and the fabulous old country cheatin' song "Foolin' Around." She got able backing from her four male cronies, Giles, drummer Kevin Wright, upright bassist Mike Stevenson, and Matt Hubbard on upright piano, trombone, mouth accordion, and duck caller. Material ranged from bluesy country to country blues, with generous dollops of ragtime and that generally unclassifiable "Americana" sound, whatever that is. The walls are red and feature pop icons like Elvis, Willie Nelson, and the Pulp Fiction hitmen. It was especially fun when Hubbard strolled among the tables during a few trombone solos; it's nearly impossible to turn aside the tip jar when someone's blowing a big brass tube right in your face. The close quarters precluded anyone getting carried away -- which Bond's band does with alacrity at places like the Hole -- but also lent the show a sunset intimacy hard to feel in smoky bars.

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