Friday To-Do: Marcy Playground | Rock Candy

Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday To-Do: Marcy Playground

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 9:44 AM

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MARCY PLAYGROUND
10 p.m., Juanita's, $15 adv., $17 d.o.s.

Named for the formative grade school location in lead singer John Wozniak's Minneapolis childhood, the alt/post-grunge trio Marcy Playground is perhaps best known for its 1997 hit, “Sex and Candy.” Wozniak's first effort, “Zog BogBean — From the Marcy Playground,” was self-produced in 1990 and  recorded in his bedroom studio with help from then-girlfriend Sherry Fraser, after whom a future song was named. MP is quiet and minimalist in tone, covering styles such as modern folk, blurry psychedelia and unmistakable rock with undertones of children's tunes. The band's known for delivering deep cover tunes, having jammed on rarities by Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead and Neil Young. With four albums completed, including this year's “Leaving Wonderland … in a Fit of Rage,” due July 7, Marcy Playground comes to town on the verge of dropping another release, an untitled compilation of rarities. Little Rock's alt-experimental Falcon Scott opens the 18-and-up show.

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