WED. AUG. 1
@ CBGB | 9pm | $7
-Negative Scanner (Chicago, IL)
The gritty post-punk of Negative Scanner feels dark with a faint glimmer of poppy flair. The band's hooky riffs are played with a quick pace, running their course before getting too repetitive. Its latest record, Nose Picker, is a short and succinct collection that strikes a rare balance of accessibility and subversive songwriting.
THU. AUG. 2
@ Foam | 8:30pm | $5-$7
-Pope (New Orleans, LA)
-Lawn (New Orleans, LA)
-Ronnie Rogers and the Sunshine Babies
Pope magnifies strong, frills-free melodies with a full-bodied sound. Consider the high volume here to be just as important to the songs as the structure, which is simple yet effective. It's the kind of indie rock that comes with considerable heft, placing the band firmly in grunge territory.
@ Way Out Club | 9pm | $5 | 21+
-Pistole (Hamburg, Germany)
-Windbreaker (Chicago, IL)
-Griddquid (San Marcos, TX)
St. Louis' dynamic synth duo Wax Fruit supports three like-minded touring acts from around the world. Of special note is Windbreaker, who makes use of sequencers and live drums to build a dystopian dance club vibe. Germany's Pistole sounds like a caffeinated kid raised on the Sega Genesis soundchip and little else.
FRI. AUG. 3
@ Foam | 8pm | $8/$10 | all ages
-Blacker Face (Chicago, IL)
The New York rockers in T-Rextasy make use of melodic layers to build density within its twee pop sound. And that kind of strong backline is used to great effect, helping to blend the many bright riffs with charming group vocals. Tourmates in Blacker Face genuinely sound like no one else with fractured funk, punk and post-apocalyptic cabaret.
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