Monday, February 15, 2010
The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia) is the place to be this Thursday, February 18. Two great acts - Boston's Pretty & Nice and DC's Title Tracks - will play the bar as the Chicago stop on their current month-long tour. The show is 21 and over, starts at 9 p.m. and costs $8. Click here for tickets and read on for more about the bands.
Pretty & Nice call to mind the quirkier, giddier side of classic new wave (think Devo and XTC), freshened-up for modern-day indie rock audiences. Listening to songs such as "Piranha," "Tora Tora Tora" and "Nuts & Bolts" from their 2008 Hardly Art/Sub Pop debut, Get Young, it would be pretty much impossible for their live show not to be a wildly fun sonic sugar rush. This is the kind of stuff that makes you want to jump on a pogo stick while downing a packet of Skittles, or generally run around your place like a madperson (this is a good thing). The band toured for a good chunk of last year - including a few weeks playing the West Coast with The Get Up Kids and a month gigging Europe - and are getting set to record a follow-up to Get Young. Before heading into the studio, they'll test out their new material on this tour.
Download mp3: Pretty & Nice - "Piranha"
Title Tracks is the new solo project of John Davis, previously of bands such as Georgie James and Q & Not U. The debut Title Tracks LP, It Was Easy, was released on February 9 and breezes along with nods to hook-filled 60s rock and old school power pop. If you dig the likes of Nick Lowe, early Costello and Marshall Crenshaw just try not to love insanely catchy tunes such as "Black Bubblegum" and "Steady Love." Plus, Tracyanne Campbell of the wonderful Camera Obscura does guest vocals on the record. For more information on the project, check out this recent DCist Q&A with Davis.