Mates of State / Blonds / Tiny Fireflies
Sunday, Jul 08, 2012 9:30 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
Impervious to trends and refreshingly uncool, MATES OF STATE have managed to progress and mature within the confines of their own self-made niche over 6 LPs and 12 years and on their most recent LP, the Barsuk released Mountaintops. Featuring enthusiastic electric organ and the kind of locked in harmonies that you get when you sing with your spouse for over a decade, MATES OF STATE return with nuanced emotion splayed across mural-sized canvases of pop. West Palm, Florida’s BLONDS recently self-released their debut EP, Dark Roots – a breezy, bittersweet effort that sounds decidedly like the music of young people in love, which, incidentally, this boy/girl rom-com pop duo are. Local dream-poppers TINY FIREFLIES packed lighthearted dream-pop tracks and bouncy, innocent tunes on their newest EP, Change, to get the night warmed up right.