Alt-J / JBM
Friday, Sep 21, 2012 10:00 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
The first time ALT-J (pronounced ?) played Chicago, it was opening for CHAIRLIFT at one of our sold out Lollapalooza 2012 Aftershows and it was clear at that about half of the crowd was there mostly for this buzzy English band. Returning to our fair stage a mere month and a half later, these four lads from Leeds will be headlining their own sold out show and we’re sure this will be one of 2012’s many highlights. ALT-J’s brilliantly unique and compelling blend of funk and hip-hop rhythms, beautiful interweaving guitar lines and gorgeous yet raw vocals will get under your skin and refuse to leave, a testament to these boys’ inspiringly inventive music. Their infectious melodies and upbeat energy is sure to have people throwing up the “?” hand-signal like they’re at a WU-TANG concert or preparing to deliver a Diamond Cutter (Diamond Dallas Page, anyone?). We’re confident this will be one of those many “I was there when they played to only 300 people at the Bottle” moments and we can’t wait. Opening the show is swoon-worthy Canadian singer-songwriter Jesse Marchant, aka JBM, whose hushed, dreamlike vocals and subtle guitar-play is exquisitely beautiful and painfully human. Having shared the stage with such folk luminaries as ST. VINCENT, ELVIS PERKINS and THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH, JBM’s songs are beautiful but haunting, restrained but heavily atmospheric. Keep your voices down, bring a hanky and prepare to be choked-up by this rising and innovative folkie before you dance the night away with ALT-J.