As the favorite band of French director Michel Gondry, and as probably the truest spiritual descendants of Jack White’s impetuous early years, Willowz have both a leg up and something to live up to. Coyly ambitious and in-the-moment exciting, their third album still revolves around jumpy, trashy guitars, but also tries, unconvincingly, to integrate moments of winsome reflection. It’s fitting, then, that the album is named after traveling entertainment shows popular in the late 19th century — Chautauqua is flashy and brings a quick smile, but leaves only a hazy memory.
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