Sunday, March 28, 2010

Show preview: The Kickback, King Sparrow & Minneapolis Henrys at Empty Bottle

The Kickback (photo by Alanna Bagladi)

For an April Fool's night full of some of the best indie rock Chicago currently has to offer, be sure to head to The Empty Bottle on Thursday, April 1 to catch The Kickback, King Sparrow and The Minneapolis Henrys. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and costs $5 in advance or $8 at the door (click here for tickets).

Since moving from South Dakota to the Windy City last summer, The Kickback have been hard at work with frequent gigs and the release of a new EP, Great Self Love (reviewed here). The EP is a strong showcase for their passionate, intense-yet-accessible sound, which makes it clear these guys have an awesome thing goin'. I'm particularly fond of the curiously-titled opening track, "Indigenous Newspapermen Circa 1980," but the whole thing rocks, and they put on a highly entertaining live show. To find out more about the band, check out our Q&A with front man Billy Yost.

You might already know about King Sparrow from the many times their name has shown up on this site, and I swear they're not paying us to promote them - they're just that good. The garage-meets punk-meets power pop trio's debut EP, Derailer, as well as their balls to the wall live shows, have already accrued them loyal fans in and out of the city. They're bound to rack up plently more when they release their first LP, currently in the works. If you haven't already seen their recent video for "Forest," one of the tracks off Derailer, do it now! While you're at it, download their tune "Good and Plenty" right here on WCR.

Rounding out the bill are The Minneapolis Henrys, who have also gotten quite a bit of attention from indie rock fans in Chicago and beyond thanks to their live shows and their 2008 debut LP, The Way of the Albatross. The band even scored a slot at this year's SXSW, which they've just returned from.

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