An evening with White Mystery, Hollows, Rabble Rabble, and Radar Eyes

19 Dec

If someone from Radar Eyes hadn’t climbed the spiral staircase during their opening set at Subt last night, someone would have.  And that pretty much sums up the atmosphere at last night’s Beats and Blogs featuring 4 of Chicago’s favorite local groups.  There was something in the air, and it wasn’t just the balloons and the candy canes.  The cramped Subterranean crowd felt it as well as the 4 participating bands.

Radar Eyes opened the show around 10.  They’re brand of fast-paced, noisy garage placed them somewhere with Lou Reed and Ian Curtis.  Guitarist/vocalist, Anthony Cozzi, set the standard for the night when he spontaneously smashed his guitar to end their set.

Up next was Rabble Rabble.  Often synonymous with that name is psychedelic, noisy, or even DIY punk.  But judging by the amount of head banging I witnessed during their set (the title of their latest release is Bangover) and bass player Matt Ciarleglio, who looked like an extra in River’s Edge, there’s an elephant no one’s really talking about.  Yes, Rabble Rabble is a noisy psychedelic band, and a very good one at that, but they absolutely seem like a band with metal leanings.  Rabble Rabble wasted no time continuing where Cozzi left off.

Hollows got up on stage around 12.  I’ve seen them 6 times in the last few months, so I knew just what to expect: organ-heavy, 60’s girl group pop.  Ignoring all but 3 songs off their debut LP on Addenda records, the girls mostly played unreleased songs.  The crowd was treated to 2 songs which they claimed were written earlier in the week, one song was introduced as being “about the beach,” and one called, “V is for Vulture.”  Hollows didn’t waste any needless time talking to the crowd.  I heard someone next to me scream into his friend’s ear, “I love how they don’t say shit to the crowd.  It’s just, here’s our pop songs.  Eat them up!”  We did just that.

White Mystery finished the night off closing their set just before 2 a.m.  They are a guitar/drums duo with the last name White…sounds familiar.  Naturally, I’m a bit skeptical of their claim to be brother and sister.  To add to the obvious comparisons, Alex White’s fuzzed out riffs when she wasn’t singing were reminiscent of Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.  While she may not be quite as gifted on the guitar as Auerbach or Jack White, Alex White has more personality than the two combined.  She hopped through the entire set and even spent a moment or two on the dance floor with the crowd. Something else White Mystery has that the White Stripes and Black Keys don’t is their own person brand of underwear, which were on sale upstairs.

Brother Francis must be feeling pretty sore this morning after his animalistic affair with his tom-tom.

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One Response to “An evening with White Mystery, Hollows, Rabble Rabble, and Radar Eyes”

  1. Sabrina December 30, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    white mystery’s set was a tad bit too long. but otherwise, it was a great show.

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