Strange Names / Carroll / Torres / Jordan Gatesmith (of Howler)
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 9:00 PM CST
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
This show is Free with RSVP, which you can do through TicketWeb just like you're buying a ticket. All RSVPs are now handled through TicketWeb and must be submitted individually(no +1s, people).
Tonight's free with RSVP show features a trio of Minneapolis acts sandwiched with a Nashville-based songwriter who is stealing our hearts. STRANGE NAMES is the funky new wave collaboration between guitarist/keyboardist FRANCIS JIMENEZ and percussionist/keyboardist LIAM BENZVI. Both members sing and live they add bassist ANDRE BORKA and drummer FLETCHER ALECKSON to fill out their fresh approach to electro-synth pop that's earned them high praise around the Twin Cities. Fellow Minneapolites CARROLL have gotten a fair share of press around the cities for their own take on twisted pop, bringing psychedelia and shoegaze into the fold for a sound that's eerily warm and razor-sharp. They're coming to us tonight in support of their new EP, Needs, released last week to much buzz in their home state for its lush arrangements and raw energy. Having just released a rough-hewn and heartfelt self-titled debut album, TORRES is the solo project of Nashville singer-songwriter MACKENZIE SCOTT, a young lady whose sound we've fallen hard for. After her family and friends pitched in to help buy her a Gibson 355, SCOTT felt she'd found the final tool to fully form her distinct sound and the result is a stirring, emotional record that cuts to the bone with its sparse instrumentation and beautifully piercing vocals. JORDAN GATESMITH is known as the provocative and divisive rapscallion (and front man) of Minneapolis's spazzy garage-rock band HOWLER and tonight he opens the show with a solo set that will could go in any direction.