Monday, February 3, 2014

Best shows to see: Youth Code, Jack Name, Maria Rita

Posted By on 02.03.14 at 01:06 PM

Youth Code
  • Eric Klein
  • Youth Code
If you're like me you probably spent Super Bowl Sunday finding ways to fit Cat Butt jokes and other grunge references into the chatter about a fairly boring football game—I think I might have gone a, um, Tad overboard. Anyway, if you also spent more time talking about Seattle's musical legacy or Bruno Mars's set than Denver's lackluster performance you're also probably anxious to see some live music. Fortunately there are plenty of great shows to check out this week.

Tonight there's JC Brooks at City Winery, and Vamos, Rabble Rabble, and Basic Cable at Empty Bottle. Tomorrow night you can check out Dom Kennedy at Metro or Hospitality at Schubas. On Wednesday there's Black Angels at Park West and Young Dro at Reggie's Rock Club. There are plenty of other concerts to check out in the next few days—head to Soundboard to dive into all our listings and read on for a few picks from Reader critics.

Mon 2/3: Youth Code at Cobra Lounge

"After industrial music's brief moment of mainstream popularity in the mid-90s, it lost its sense of direction in a big way, trading in its legacy of intellectualism and mad-scientist electronic experimentation for corny cyber-rave dreadlock extensions and steampunk goggles," writes Miles Raymer. "A growing number of young artists are working to turn back the clock to a time before The Downward Spiral broke, when industrial was still genuinely smart and scary. Los Angeles duo Youth Code's self-titled debut, released last fall on Dais Records, is one of the more successful attempts I've heard. It follows a formula that dates from the 80s heyday of legendary local label Wax Trax!, which still sounds fresh despite years on mothballs: gnarlified synthesizers and throat-mangling screams laid atop a bed of drum programming that's simultaneously brutal and highly danceable."

Tue 2/4: Jack Name at Empty Bottle

"Los Angeles native John Webster Johns has moonlighted as a touring guitarist for White Fence, palled around with Ariel Pink, and performed his own music under a long list of aliases," writes Kevin Warwick. "His first album as Jack Name, Light Show (God? Records), is half peculiar lo-fi psych-pop tweaked with bits of early Alice Cooper, half ruminations from another dimension that aren't so much structured songs as they are synth-loaded soundscapes with freaky vocals processed till they're twisted and shrunken. It's discombobulating, and that's probably the point."

Wed 2/5: Maria Rita at City Winery

"It's been eight years since Maria Rita, daughter of Brazilian vocalist Elis Regina and keyboardist and arranger Cesar Camargo Mariano, has been in Chicago—in 2006 she gave an ingratiating performance at HotHouse," writes Peter Margasak. "Her star has continued to rise at home, and while she can't match her mother's power, elasticity, and rhythmic invention, she's displayed a similar versatility. In 2012 she dared to take on Regina's legacy with Redescobrir (WEA International), a live recording of 28 songs sung by Regina that mixes samba, MPB, jazz, and full-bodied ballads. Rits makes the material her own with energetic arrangements that give the material a contemporary flair, and the album earned her a seventh Latin Grammy."

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