San Fran has had an explosion of beach-combing garage rock with hints of psych coming out of it lately. What started with Girls has also bred Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Royal Baths, and tonight’s three-piece, Terry Malts (of which none of them are named), who offer a more urgency-oriented take on West Coast vibes. Locals Unicycle Loves You prove that rock swagger and a sense of melody aren’t mutually exclusive on this year's successful Failure LP.
Wednesday, April 25th: Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan at Empty Bottle (9:30 PM, 21+, $8 or FREE w/RSVP)
This night is not for the timid. PPPMMM are going make noise you can dance too, Thrill Jockey psych-rockers Pontiak somehow are the quietiest…no, least loud band on the bill, and lead track off Spanyurd’s EP is called “Cacaw Sucks” of which no one knows if there’s any sort of time signature.
Thursday, April 26th: Hollows at the Burlington (9 PM, 21+, $8)
Earlier this month, Hollows released their second LP Vulture on local label Trouble in Mind and it’s chock full of darker and more modern girl-group tunes, complete with synthesized organ, quick hooks, and spot on harmonies.
Friday, April 27th: Archie Powell and the Exports at Subterranean (8:30 PM, 17+, $10)
AP&E have been hinting towards a new album for awhile, and they are finally ready to put great ideas in action with Great Ideas in Action. While it doesn’t get it’s official release til May 1st, the band is celebrating the release show tonight. Get in the mood with lead single "Metronome" and the recent music video for "Crazy Pills."
Saturday, April 28th: Ezra Furman at Schubas (Early Show: 7 PM, AA / Late Show: 10 PM, 21+, both are $12 adv / $14 dos)
Remember that San Fran place I was mentioning earlier? Ezra may have succumbed to his inner nomad as he told me a couple months ago, but he’s always welcome back to the Windy City. That’s why he’s offering up two shows in support of his most recent release, The Year of No Returning, a ten-track collection offering the complexity of the singer-songwriter’s personality and artistic endeavors.
Sunday, April 29th: A Lull at Schubas (9 PM, 18+, $12)
Recently announced to play at the Pitchfork Music Festival, this may be one of the last chances to see these guys before they hit up Union Park. Last year’s Confetti blurs the lines between digital and physical, pop and experimental, and manages to sound really damn good while doing so. Denver-via-Chicago trippy-as-hell duo Gauntlet Hair headline.
Monday, April 30th: Rabble Rabble at Empty Bottle (9:30 PM, 21+, FREE)
Rabble Rabble’s been quiet recently…too quiet. They promise they’ve been in the studio working on some new stuff, so here’s hoping we get some of it tonight. And why not peep this interview WCR had with Ralph and Matt last week? Not to mention the heavy sounds of Heavy Times and slacker-pop trio Lionlimb to open things up.