Sunday, July 15th, 2018
$5 // 21+COURTESYMEDIA JEWELERRICHARD ALBUMDESERT LIMINALMemphis, Tennessee-born synth band COURTESY is still high on the release of their third album, Hey, which came to us earlier this month on Moon Glyph. Unlike the industrial trip-hop of their first two albums, Hey is a percussive dance album. Hypnotic bass lines bubble and burst like lava in a lava lamp while synths hum and buzz. Now Chicago-based, this trio is an Empty Bottle regular.MEDIA JEWELER's latest release is a stark departure from the optimistic math rock of 2015's $99 R/T Hawaii. 1-800-SUCCEED is sometimes harsh, sometimes spastic, and sometimes discordant. It's the dark realization that life is sold to us on false promises, like the billboards after which both records were named. The Los Angeles band toured Japan this spring and is making its way east this summer in support of the new record.The personable RICHARD ALBUM takes the stage to showcase his sarcastically reflective discography, consisting of albums such as “Another Album” and “Richard Goes Gold.” The introspective pop idol humorously draws influences from DAVID BYRNE and ELIVS COSTELLO while seriously contemplating upon his own personal experiences—everything from living in the suburbs to owning his own house venue in right here in Humboldt park. Charmingly, RICHARD ALBUM’s musical story—told through power-pop and lo-fi garage rock alike—is one you can’t afford to miss hearing. Chicago duo DESERT LIMINAL is the physical embodiment of purposeful minimalism, the self-proclaimed “product of the gaze that stares out and finds nothing to reflect it.” The group’s atmospheric use of spectral vocals and vintage synths constructs purpose within the daunting liminal states of grief, dissociation, and retrospection. The hypnotizing fog of sound is consistently unpredictable—hauntingly monotonous lyricism accompanies dark tones and instrumentation to create a trifecta of beautiful misery.