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When: Sat., March 20, 9 p.m. 2010
Price: $8
There are a number of good reasons why starting a two-piece rock 'n' roll band is a really cool idea—the raw simplicity of the sound, the ease of loading the van, et cetera—and one extremely good reason it isn't. There simply aren't many performers who are so compelling onstage that just two of them can hold an entire audience's attention for half an hour or more. Alex and Francis White don't have to worry about that, though. As the garage duo WHITE MYSTERY they've spent the past year crushing shows with a surprisingly massive sound and a redheaded blur of frenetic energy. Their new self-titled, self-released debut album does a respectable job replicating that electricity, with big-ass riffs, drums of speaker-rattling thickness, and Alex's steel-belted vocals—imagine if the Patti Smith Group had dipped a lot deeper into Lenny Kaye's Nuggets stash.

Locals OTHER MINDS are significantly more chilled-out, but their vibe is just as fun. Their five members, who have an impressive list of credentials spanning a dozen or so varyingly incestuous Chicago bands (drummer Brian Costello also writes for the Reader), take the sounds of garage rock's first wave—twangy, Brian Jones-y guitars, off-kilter vocal melodies—and filter them through enough reverb to give their songs a diaphanous, dreamlike quality, like a transistor radio playing oldies from across an empty warehouse.

—Miles Raymer

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