Crying, Told Slant, Fantastic Mammals | Township | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Crying, Told Slant, Fantastic Mammals 

When: Sun., July 20, 10 p.m. 2014
Price: $8
New York chiptune trio Crying understands that chiptune is silly. Though the genre has infiltrated the mainstream thanks to the likes of Beck, Kesha, and Skrillex, it remains a novelty there—and its sharp-edged video-game bleeps still make me picture skinny white dudes wrestling with Nintendo controllers. Plenty of the buoyant, hyperactive melodies on Crying’s 2013 EP Get Olde (Quote Unquote/Double Double Whammy), could’ve soundtracked a Sonic the Hedgehog game, but the songs counterbalance their chiptune goofiness with scruffy pop-punk guitars, rugged rock drumming, and Elaiza Santos’s beautifully sullen vocals. “Bodega Run” veers toward romantic synth-pop, and Santos makes taking a corner-store trip together (“Would you like to share a Yoo-hoo?”) sound as sweet as puppy love. —Leor Galil

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