Monday, 26 August 2013 10:59

Rock Best Bet: Citizen Cope

Written by  Emma Kat Richardson
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Citizen Cope
The Orbit Room, Grand Rapids
Sept. 16, doors at 6:30 p.m.
$29.50 in advance, $33 at the door
orbitroom.com, (616) 942-1328

With the exception of the most hard-hearted of emotionally dead vampires, everybody loves a good '90s throwback. Even one that didn't start getting big until 2002. (You know, with music there's always some decade overlap.) One of alternative mood-rock's favorite crooners of yore, Citizen Cope is undertaking an acoustic solo tour, and hitting The Orbit Room for what's being described as an "intimate" show. While Cope's (real name: Clarence Greenwood) past body of work has been known to blend hip-hop, soul and blues, along with more traditional-styled rock, this current tour tenure suggests more of a stripped-down, less beat-oriented feel, with a focus trending toward bare bones guitar strumming and deeply personal lyrics. But hey, that's just a guess – best to stroll over to the old OR in GR for a firsthand account of a master craftsman and his most masterful.

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