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Friday, January 26, 2018

Chicago's Zigtebra the latest touring band to break in Iron Cow, with locals Volcanist and Dearest

Posted By on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 3:56 PM

THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
Zigtebra, Volcanist and Dearest, Iron Cow, Jan. 25

Last week in my first peek inside big new Milk District venue Iron Cow, I mistakenly noted that it’s a beer bar. In actuality, it’s full-ass liquor. So, go nuts, y’all.
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  • Zigtebra
The draw was yet another showcase by Ugly Orange promoter Nicole Dvorak, this time headlined by Chicago’s Zigtebra, an act that just came off a campaign to make a new song and accompanying video for every month of 2017.
click to enlarge Zigtebra at Iron Cow
  • Zigtebra at Iron Cow
Musically, the duo of Emily Rose and Joe Zeph play lo-fi synth-pop shaped as much by economy as it is dance. At their best, they’re something like an earthlier, more garage Grimes.
click to enlarge Zigtebra at Iron Cow
  • Zigtebra at Iron Cow
click to enlarge Zigtebra at Iron Cow
  • Zigtebra at Iron Cow
Even with a simplistic setup and ethos, they perform with a sense of wonder that’s contagious, likeable and utterly pure. What their basic electronic pop does show, though, is how secondary things like production and hardware are when you got the songs.
click to enlarge Volcanist at Iron Cow
  • Volcanist at Iron Cow
Also on the night’s bill was Volcanist, an ambitious homegrown group that’s been bubbling up in the local scene lately. As a band augmented by live electronics, the trio venture further out to craft a signature vocabulary informed equally by silvery, futuristic soul and indie rock. It’s a sound of dynamic balance – smooth but complex, clean but oblique. Even if it doesn’t always stick the landing and can sometimes play a little outlandish, one thing it doesn’t do is settle for ordinary.
click to enlarge Volcanist at Iron Cow
  • Volcanist at Iron Cow
Opening the evening was local solo act Dearest, who impressed opening up for Perfume Genius back in October, which I wrote up here and so won’t get into it too much so soon.
click to enlarge Dearest at Iron Cow
  • Dearest at Iron Cow
But when it comes to loop acts, this guitar project by Tracy Farah – now with keyboard added to the repertoire – is one of the quickest and most elegant, crafting post-rock that’s diaphanous but sculpted enough to be real songs instead of just wallpaper impressionism.
click to enlarge Dearest at Iron Cow
  • Dearest at Iron Cow
click to enlarge Dearest at Iron Cow
  • Dearest at Iron Cow

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