Dope Body, Meat Wave, Geronimo!, High Priests | Township | Rock, Pop, Etc, Fall Arts | Chicago Reader
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Dope Body, Meat Wave, Geronimo!, High Priests 

When: Mon., Oct. 20, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $10
It’s really pretty simple: Dope Body operates on an imaginary axis somewhere between the Jesus Lizard and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, erecting a wall of demented noise-rock one moment and throwing a herky-jerky, funk-fried rave-up the next. Actually, it sounds pretty fucked when I break it down like that—but this “formula” (not that there’s any evidence the Baltimore four-piece thinks of itself this way) has long been a key component of Dope Body’s magic. The new Lifer (Drag City) isn’t quite as fresh and electric as 2012’s Natural History, but it again features Andrew Laumann crossing the enormous stylistic gap between a certain pair of frequently shirtless weirdo front men and guitarist Zachary Utz alternating between mellow acid-trip riffs and cannon barrages of sludge and feedback. The album’s best cuts, such as the groove-heavy “Hired Gun” and the fierce, chugging “AOL,” are the ones that sound the most crackling and unpredictable, like a dozen lit fuses tied together and snaking their way toward God knows what. But Dope Body’s volatility still sounds best onstage, with Laumann physically attacking each song and the rest of the dudes happily joining in. —Kevin Warwick
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