Do-Division Street Fest: Big Freedia, A Place to Bury Strangers, White Mystery, This Must Be the Band, Big Science, Empires, Omar Souleyman, Royal Bangs, Daniel Knox | Division between Ashland and Leavitt | Fairs & Festivals, Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Do-Division Street Fest: Big Freedia, A Place to Bury Strangers, White Mystery, This Must Be the Band, Big Science, Empires, Omar Souleyman, Royal Bangs, Daniel Knox 

When: Sun., June 5, 12 p.m. 2011
Price: $5 suggested donation
It's hardly a great selling point that A Place to Bury Strangers takes a cue or two from your local dance club's 80s night: you know, New Order, Joy Division, the Cure, some dude doing blow off the back of a toilet. What makes the Brooklyn trio compelling is its willingness to combine that murky, gothy post-new-wave sound with dissonant eruptions of speaker-destroying noise—the band reliably gets compared to Suicide and My Bloody Valentine, and not without reason. On APTBS's most recent full-length, 2009's Exploding Head (Mute), these atmospheric distortions swell into enveloping masses, banishing any whiff of strobe-lit dance-floor hokeyness—while they're breaking over you, the only other things you can make out are the pounding drums and a faint trace of Oliver Ackermann's droning, melancholic vocals. If the band's third album, due later this year, takes after songs like "Dead Beat" and "Ego Death," I think we're all set. These dudes are definitely at their best when they're at their loudest. —Kevin Warwick This show is part of the Do-Division Street Festival. Big Freedia headlines; A Place to Bury Strangers, White Mystery, Omar Souleyman, Royal Bangs, and Daniel Knox open. Noon, Division between Ashland and Leavitt, $5 suggested donation.

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