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Three It-May-Be-Cloudy-Outside-But-Jesus-Said-Let-There-Be-Rock reasons to head down to Subterranean
It was only a few days ago that we celebrated Jesus’ birthday. Now you can watch some kids named Young Jesus
play lighthearted, non-Christian indie rock (though five years ago we would probably call it "emo") without all the damnation you would encounter from your local church pew. Frequent Loud Loop Press readers might remember
that the four-piece were one of two bands to be chosen for VH1’s Rock the Route
reality show back in late October. Fresh from that experience, Young Jesus is ready to rock Chicago again. Party hard, young ones. It’s what Jesus would want.
Flash back to the early 90s with the alternative rock stylings of The Ethyl Mermen
. This fine Chicago trio can take you on an adorable trip back to the now-back-in-fashion decade with their musical odes to Teenage Fanclub and Sloan. Even their name is adorable. I might OD on all the nostalgic cuteness.
Here’s a two-fer: The show is rounded out by Friends Having Fun
, a two-piece comprised of guitarist Travis Lee Wiggins (of Essex Chanel) and drummer Sarah Sterling. The extremely raw demos suggest the name isn’t totally ironic and that there is some talent lurking under all those unmastered, simple rock demos. Opening the show will be experimental rockers Shalloboi
. The Chicago, by way of Kansas City, group led by Tyler Ritter wrote in its bio
that Ritter previously lived in a haunted house in his former hometown. Shalloboi’s music reflects that experience with its ghostly sounds and Ritter’s obvious love for such experimental atmospheric bands as Sigur Ros and My Bloody Valentine.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 12/28. Subterranean. 17+. $10 By Audrey Leon \ comments