Sunday, February 1, 2015

Spring Break

Head underground to hear these top up-and-coming bands


Just as spring is a time for updating what you put on your body and in your body, it’s also a time to update what goes on between your ears.
Update your playlist at spring's top indie concerts.

Foals (pictured) delivers enough musical honesty to make you shout in agreement and indulge in a little head banging. The British indie rock quintet has mastered the art of energized tunes toughened up with dynamic classic rock influences, creating contagious, stadium-ready sounds.
Sat May 18 7p. The Vic, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Lakeview. (773-472-0449). $24 here.

Bleeding with powerfully grand instrumentation, El Ten Eleven makes a strong case for the obsolescence of lyrics. With a doubleneck bass/guitar, percussion and a heavy arrangement of foot pedals, they deliver incredibly structured music with an unpredictable twist. 
Wed May 22 7:30p. SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. (847-492-8660). $10-$18 here.

While any band with the word “nude” in their name should be sexy, this local indie trio actually delivers. Steady percussion pounds against leveled guitars and leisurely lyrics as these minimalists' psychedelic rock gets any body in the crowd swaying, food stomping, or head bopping. Sometimes, less (clothing) is more.
Mon Apr 29 9p. Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., Ukrainian Village. (773-276-3600). Free.

Thus untamed Californian six-piece rocks the indie pop genre with demanding, choir-powered songs and a mountain of critical acclaim. There is a unique, trendy sense of youth about these absurd keyboard-smashers and riotous percussionists, who remain artists in every sense of the word.
Tue May 7 8p. Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park. (773-525-2501). $13 here.

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