Eels shows typically fall into two categories, Loud or Quiet, Depending on the material Mark “Mr. E” Everett is touring with each time. It’s the type of band that can play a set of punk-style 2-minute versions of classics like “I Like Birds” or “Novacaine” or slow it way down (sometimes with strings) to get more quiet and introspective.   At Thalia Hall in Chicago on April 25th, he brought the former – tearing through much of the same material the band had showcased at the same venue only a year prior, but with just as much intensity and the kind of fun the band is known for –  mixing in covers of The Who’s “Out in the Street”, Bobby Gentry’s “Mississippi Delta” and Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” before even stopping to say hello to the assembled crowd. Whether shaking his tambourine or banging on a cowbell, or shredding on guitar – Mr. E rarely left his band-leader perch on the front riser and instead left the stage antics to other members of his current band – most notably band mainstay Jeff Lyster (aka “The Chet”). After almost 25 years, Mr. E shows no signs of slowing down again anytime soon. 

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