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Hope and Therapy 

9 p.m. Saturday, February 21. Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust Street.

The members of Alton's Hope and Therapy are no strangers to the local music community. Drummer Drew Mader has also played bass with Illinois noiseniks Ring, Cicada and Camp Climax for Girls, while bassist Dan Deck has been in bands off and on since he was a teenager. Still, Hope and Therapy's music would be out of place in the east side's gritty rock bars. Moody and introspective, the trio combines atmospheric jazz and classical touches with sighing piano melodies and rainy-day lyrics. Comparisons to Ben Folds Five, '90s obscurity Suddenly, Tammy! or Fiona Apple (sans smoky pout) are inevitable — but that's mainly because vocalist/pianist Hope Gaines is an expressive vocalist whose emotion is sincere, not overstated. Definitely a new local band to watch.

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