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Empty Bottle, Inc.

Crocodiles / Jaill / Heavy Times

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 9:00 PM CDT (8:30 PM Doors)
Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
21 years and over

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Since 2008, CROCODILES have evolved from their genesis as the duo of BRANDON WELCHEZ and guitarist CHARLES ROWELL into a revolving cast of artistic heathens. Though the group has seen members come and go, their efforts are centered around the core members, BRANDON and CHARLES, who have been writing and recording together since they were 18 years old. Following in the footsteps of the raw, anthemic psychedelia and art-punk of albums past, their 2013 record, Crimes of Passion, out on French Kiss, is certainly CROCODILES most fully-realized album to date. The band has added a refined cohesion and unmistakable sunniness to their glorious noise and echo-cloaked pop and you can bet your ass they'll be raging here tonight. Our brethren to the north, Milwaukee's JAILL returns to the Bottle, gracing us with their scrappy, racing rock & roll for the first time since May of 2013. We've come to know and love these good ol' boys over the past few years and their last LP, Traps, out on Sub Pop in 2012, is a mangy beast full of well-crafted pop songs, solidifying JAILL as one of the Midwest's most promising "garage rock" bands. Chicago punk heroes HEAVY TIMES kick things off with tunes from their first two LPs on HoZac, plus a slew of killer singles on various labels. Never timid or vague in their desire to burn our brains and spin our heads with their angry punk anthems played at break neck speeds, HEAVY TIMES specialize in melodious ass-kicking and cavernous skuzzy pop.

(Milwaukee Record) (The Quietus) (Slant) (Stereogum)



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