Smart Bets: R. Ring

R. Ring is a side project that is very much the sum of its parts. Still, the way those pieces are put together may surprise you. The strung-out folk duo consists of Breeders guitarist and back-up singer Kelley Deal and Ampline guitarist Mike Montgomery. In R. Ring, Deal approaches the style of sister and Breeders frontwoman Kim, layering her nasal croon with wildly percussive effects. Though the arrangements are sparse and mostly acoustic, they mimic the intricate spaciousness of Ampline’s fuzzed-out rock, laying out a broad, free-form canvas for Deal to explore. The results relax even as they unnerve, lush acoustics serving as numbing medication before R. Ring’s experimental procedures commence. The duo plays the Lexington Avenue Brewery on Thursday, May 17 alongside Ryan Barrington Cox. 10 p.m., $15

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One thought on “Smart Bets: R. Ring

  1. Sherlock jones

    I thought it was Kim Deal in the photo when i clicked. I was close! This will most likely be a great show.

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