TUE. OCT. 17
@ B-Side | 9pm | $5
-Patsy (New Orleans, LA)
Patsy paints its songs with all colors of the punk spectrum, shredding early rock riffs with a stabbing fervor befitting a hardcore band. All three locals share a member in Lumpy (of Lumpy and the Dumpers of course) and bring three distinct shades of scuzz.
THU. OCT. 19
@ Foam | 8pm | $7 | all ages
-Kitten Forever (Minneapolis, MN)
-Rose Hotel (Atlanta, GA)
-Planet What (Tulsa, OK)
With an understated approach to post-punk, Minneapolis' Kitten Forever divides its highs and lows between warbling bass, tom-heavy drum beats and playful vocal melodies that cruise over the top. A collab between Jane Wave and the Funs' Kelly Nothing, aptly called Jane Nothing, opens the show alongside Trauma Harness.
SAT. OCT. 21
@ Off Broadway | 8pm | $13-$17 | all ages
-Palm (Philadelphia, PA)
-Girlpool (Los Angeles, CA)
-Lala Lala (Chicago, IL)
Palm's wiry math rock leans on melodic riffs and constantly shifting time signatures with an unflinching sense of flow and cohesion. There's little in the way of distortion as the Philly outfit tends to use polyrhythms and syncopation to build intensity. The odd vocal effect here mingles with the guitars which in turn keep an ambiguous key from the start of the set to the end.
@ Schlafly Tap Room | 9pm | free | all ages
-Dead Rider (Chicago, IL)
David Yow of Jesus Lizard recently named Dead Rider (Drag City Records) as the best band in America, and that's no coincidence considering the group's pedigree. Led by Todd Rittmann of U.S. Maple and backed up by current and former members of Cheer-Accident, Dead Rider makes seedy, synth-laden noise that passes for odd, darkly leaning funk. The result is one of the most genuinely strange and fresh sounding set of songs.
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