TUE. NOV. 28
@ Foam | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-Bad History Month (Boston, MA)
-A Leaf In the Street
What Bad History Month can extract from a single guitar feels baffling, especially since each riff runs along a linear path laid by the click and thud of a highhat and kick drum. His voice occupies a mid-range wrapped by the peaks and valleys of a fretboard, yet all of these disparate pieces seamlessly drift together into a masterclass of songcraft. The new album, Dead and Loving It, was just released earlier this month through Exploding In Sound Records.
SAT. DEC. 2
@ The Sinkhole | 9pm | $5 | all ages
-Bethlehem Steel (NY)
-The Human Monster
The power trio of Bethlehem Steel digs its hands into a collective pile of fuzz, molding a kind of indie rock that feels both strong and somber. The band stretches and pulls its parts, building tension only to release it in bite-sized chunks. Recalling two-piece Hella and the more punk sections of early Tera Melos, Ursi makes a shrill and wiry kind of math rock that could only be birthed in the midwest. The Human Monster is a new evolution of the incomparable duo that makes up CCDS.
SUN. DEC. 3
@ Kismet | 8pm | $5 | all ages
-Options (Chicago, IL)
-Single Player (Champaign, IL)
A product of the post-everything scene in Chicago, Options offers a set of songs that sit firmly in the indie rock camp. Melodic chords come atop propulsive beats, which carry thin and airy sections with a focused yet lackadaisical style. The local lineup offers up a mixed crew with violinist Alex Cunningham at the helm and the pop-sensible Shady Bug closing out the night.
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