U.S. Girls / Slim Twig / Mayor Daley
Saturday, Feb 02, 2013 10:00 PM CST
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
U.S. GIRLS is the creative force of lone American woman MEGHAN REMY. Since 2007 she has pursued a militant approach to her minimalist, lo-fi aesthetic that melds experimental leanings with a pop songwriting prowess that comes hard to find in many DIY circles. Combining a reverence and divergence from classic pop tropes, REMY’s most recent LP Gem, out last fall via Fat Cat, merges her haunting-yet-soulful vocals with infectious hooks and stark, piercing drum machine beats that Pitchfork hailed for “creating a surprisingly cohesive sound out of no wave's corrosion, glam rock's hedonism, and pop's direct, gut-wrenching emotion.” REMY is on tour with her husband/producer/collaborator SLIM TWIG, a Toronto native who tears through more ideas and styles in one record than most bands do throughout their career. Idiosyncratic and chalk full of murky, demented inspiration, TWIG’s newest LP Around the Hem, released in November on Calico Corp and Pleasance Records, is a collaborative work with numerous Toronto artists (including his wife) that showcases his interest in classic songwriting, 60s psych and the friendly oddities of lo-fi home recording. Local trio MAYOR DALEY opens with their distinctly apocalyptic noise-rock that shatters ear drums and rattles insides. Playing lurching, eerie and sludgy rock, the Chicago Reader says witnessing MAYOR DALEY live "feels an awful lot like cheating death."