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April 19, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
When given the chance, Vox likes to pester musicians with six music-oriented questions. Ted Stevens, guitarist and backup vocalist for Cursive, gives us his answers.
What is your favorite album?
Key Lime Pie by Camper Van Beethoven
What's the best live show you've ever seen?
Berg Sans Nipple in Chicago. They’re just amazing performers. Incredible, incredible sound. It’s a two-piece band with drums, keys, cymbals and a whole lot of other stuff, little toys. They recreate the whole experience; the album onstage, and with only two people in the band they do it justice. It’s amazing.
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?
I would hope that I would be teaching, but maybe I would be in school still. Who knows. Probably something in education of some kind.
If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?
I’ll say Tom Zé. He’s from the psychedelic Brazilian period, and he’s just a real eccentric, wonderful composer and arranger.
What’s the craziest tour experience you’ve had?
We had a show at the Starland Ballroom in New Jersey in the club. Basically the rain came in, and I don’t know if a local dam broke or whatever happened, but the club was absolutely flooded. We were trapped up in the dressing room waiting for the fire department to come and cut the power. Everyone who was in the building had to grab a rope and follow a path through hip-high water and then into a parking lot. The water was freezing, and people were freaked out. There was a huge line of people outside who were trapped at the front door, and we all had to just go home wet. The show was cancelled.
What two things can you not tour without?
Headphones and earplugs.