Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Show preview: Spectrum, Panda Riot, The Chatham Rise at Bottom Lounge, 4/20

Posted by Sasha Geffen

Those of you wishing to escape the unseasonable nastiness that Chicago has saddled us with can hide out and enjoy some dreamy psych pop at the Bottom Lounge tomorrow night. The cavernous ex-warehouse space of the Bottom, hidden away under the El tracks of the West Loop, makes for a perfect spot to drown yourself in reverb. Shoegazers take note.

The Chatham Rise will swing by from Minneapolis to open with their hazy slowcore jams after a DJ set by Scarylady Sarah. Following that, one of our favorite local dreampop outfits, Panda Riot, will take the stage.

We’ll be lucky enough to see Spectrum, the latest project of Pete Kember a.k.a. Sonic Boom, headline. As one of the founding members of the English psych-rock band Spaceman 3, Kember spent most of the ‘80s inventing shoegaze as we know it. It’s not every day that you get to see an innovator of a genre play alongside the latest incarnations of that genre. It’ll be a special night in Chicago indeed.

Doors open at 8pm and the show begins at 9 on Wednesday, April 20th. Tickets are $12 and available online or at the door. The show is 17 and over with valid ID required for entry.

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