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[/caption]Three run, don't walk, reasons to get over to Township tonight...
As far as Chicago supergroups go, Treasure Fleet
is pretty low-key, keeping most of its music hidden from view except for a few collage-like videos posted to YouTube. The quintet features Eli Caterer of Smoking Popes, Neil Hennessy of The Lawrence Arms, Mike Oberlin of Sass Dragons and Isaac Thotz and Dave Merriman of the Arrivals. Treasure Fleet taps into the members' softer sides, opting for a more sunny, funny surf-inspired indie rock. Bring on the quirk! Watch: "Vice"
Stockholm, by way of Chicago, is not a phrase that ever really comes to mind, but somewhere down the road guitarist Mike Downey ditched the Midwest for the Scandinavia. His band Shy Mirrors
bridges that gap between laid-back Midwest swagger and clean Euro-centricity. Downey crafts scuzzy lo-fi punk standards that ooze with a sickeningly sweet power pop style on his 2011 album Sailed Blanks
. It's the kind of catchy pop punk one might have found lurking on the Angus soundtrack. And since that was a favorite movie of mine back in the 90s, that is every bit the compliment. LISTEN: "Breakout"
Opening tonight's show are Dan Hanaway and Chris Carr of The Honor System flying the banner of their new project Ratasucia
. The duo, along with Tim Scare, specialize in fairly serious punk rock with plenty of chugging beats and grating guitar riffs on its new White Noise Pollution
LP. The title track features some velvety fog-like vocals that are purely Mark Lanegan in flavor. Mark Lanegan and fast, abrasive punk rock. How can you go wrong? You can't. LISTEN: "White Noise Pollution"
9:00 p.m. Wednesday, 4/4. Township. 21+ $8. By Audrey Leon \ comments