Frankie Rose / Big Smoke City / Videotape
Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 9:30 PM CDT
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
FRANKIE ROSE has quite a reputation for her minimal, MAUREEN TUCKER-like beats and iconic presence in buzz bands CRYSTAL STILTS, DUM DUM GIRLS and VIVIAN GIRLS. With her newest solo record, Interstellar out this year via Slumberland, FRANKIE has departed from the lo-fi garage, reverb-drenched SPECTOR-sound and instead embraced an icy blend of buffered beats, cascading chords and steely synths. It’s an electro-inspired indie-rock gem that Pitchfork hailed in their BNM review, stating ROSE “transports us further and takes us higher than she ever could have as the drummer of an indie pop revivalist band.” BIG SMOKE CITY joins the bill tonight, living in a dream where girls run around giving out pizza like broken hearts and the hangover is eternal. Their songs remind us of situations we’ll never forget but always repeat and to not take love too seriously. When the smoke clears, the stories will remain. Kicking off the indie-celebrating night of major tuneage here is Chicago-based quartet VIDEOTAPE. Their mix of indie-pop, shoegaze and noisy undercurrents create a dense cloud of atmospherics for an ethereal and wistful sound. Their debut LP, This Is Disconnect, came out on September 4th and it’s as dynamic and captivating as anything we’ve heard all month.