And now three reasons to man up and mosey on over to Subterranean this pleasant summer evening...
1. Magical Beautiful's
spacey, shape-shifting electro-pop takes some time to be digested. It's difficult to narrow down a combination of influences for the Chicago outfit, but they seem to be picking up on the more psychedelic moments from Devo and expanding them into prog-rock dramatics. Once your mind is able to wrap around the eerie synths and crooked carnival sounds form their latest, 2011's Come The Wild Waves
, there's often a fun payoff whether it be in the form of an '80s, new wave hook ("Silverado") or the driving, trance-y rhythms ("Wild Waves").
Glitchy beats and heavy, nearly industrial samples power Chandeliers
' digital dance vibes. While some is designed for sweaty 4 a.m. club nights, at times their music, particularly from their latest roulé
, could soundtrack a hypnotic sequence in a foreign art-house flick. Just the right amount of darkness surrounds Chandeliers to give them a truly unpredictable feel.
3. Magic Key
, fomerly Aleks & The Drummer, offers an intriguing drum-n-keys approach that reaches spooky heights via cabaret-styled pop numbers. Finally, Distractions
open with their dusty take on dream-pop. It's downright intoxicating with its warm tones and sleepy vocals.
8:00 p.m. Monday, 8/29. Subterranean. 17+. $8.