Automatic For The Joshua Tree: REM vs U2 Covers Benefit for Real Change From Spare Change with Magnolia Collective, Birds & Arrows, Tripp, Big Fat Gap, Mary Johnson Rockers & the Spark, Semi-Formal | Local 506 | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
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Automatic For The Joshua Tree: REM vs U2 Covers Benefit for Real Change From Spare Change with Magnolia Collective, Birds & Arrows, Tripp, Big Fat Gap, Mary Johnson Rockers & the Spark, Semi-Formal 

When: Fri., Jan. 6, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $8

Whether you side with the Athenians or the Irish in this battle of '80s underground rock crossovers, you're getting some soul-searching music. Bono frequently crosses the line from "pretty deep for a young man" (as B.B. King opined in Rattle & Hum) into overwrought pretension, though the music's almost always anthemic. By comparison, Michael Stipe's anguished rustic pragmatism (check "Can't Get There From Here") feels thwarted and circumscribed, but it's also more honest and personal than U2's rabble-rousing. A klatch of talented locals will shed the covers, including barreling folksters Magnolia Collective, dreamy rootsy boy/girl harmonizers Birds and Arrows, punchy college rockers Tripp, sultry Americana act Mary Johnson Rockers & the Spark, and the energetic Big Fat Gap. —Chris Parker

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