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PREVIEW
Rainer Maria – May 6, 2006 – The Paradox
by Katie Sauro

The New York transplants that comprise Rainer Maria have been around the block more than a few times—ten years, 5 albums, countless tours—but somehow they just keep going. It’s anyone’s guess how the hell they manage to, but let’s just be glad they do. Now in the midst of a U.S. tour, the trio brings its heart-rending power-pop to the all-ages crowd, landing in the heart of Ballard.

Their critically-adored albums balance gentle balladry, catchy pop, angry chick rock, and elegant poetry in the same vein as their namesake, and their latest full-length (and first in three years),
Catastrophe Keeps Us Together, is no different.  Unfortunately, their sound is oft-labeled as “emo,” but for those of you who haven’t heard Rainer Maria before, ignore all lame descriptions and see them for yourself.

Essential Info.

The Venue: The Paradox
The Support: Aloha, The Sea Navy
The Date: May 6
The Time: 7:30pm doors
The Price: $10