Chad VanGaalen / COUSINS / Bry Webb
Thursday, May 22, 2014 8:30 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
Tonight we have a triple-packed punch of Canadian delight in store for you. Returning for his first headlining show on the Bottle stage is the uniquely strange CHAD VANGAALEN. With an affinity for crafting some of the loveliest indie-rock sounds and dousing them in slime, CVG is an artist like no other. From tender ballads titled “Shave My Pussy” to animated videos to figurines to piss drawings, VANGAALEN is endlessly creating his distinctive and weird art. Shrink Dust, his fifth full-length album under his own name, came out on Sub Pop this month and it's his most confident album yet. Part Sci-Fi score, part country record (according to Chad himself), Shrink Dust might be one of the most accessible moments in CVG’s creative life. Illuminating a path that is more colorful, spirited and downright odd than we're used to, CVG continues to blur the lines between the vivid worlds of his creation and the world his audience inhabits. The guitar/drum duo COUSINS have been churning out golden nuggets of fuzzy-garage rock for years now. Their third album, The Halls of Wickwire, out now on Ba Da Bing! Records, is sets their sound loose and pushes it rolling down a hill in a shopping cart. Full of confidence, excitement, dread, and anticipation, their live set is a whirlwind of emotion, plus guitar and drums. Opening the night will be BRY WEBB of CONSTANTINES. Post-CONSTANTINES, WEBB has crafted a much quieter sound. It’s a bluesy shuffle that leans closer to the Springsteen side of Webb’s wheelhouse than the Fugazi side, though those squalls of feedback suggest he hasn’t abandoned his bracing punk tendencies just yet.