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Haki, Evasive Backflip, Muyassar Kurdi Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., Dec. 23, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $7
I’m not sure from what basement Chicago postpunk group Haki emerged, but I hope more bands follow suit. The four-piece draws from art punk, spoken word, grunge, and the edges of outsider rock for a volatile but fluid sound. On April’s self-released Positive the group veers from mellow dub hypnosis to feral punk that teeters on the verge of noisy chaos—and sometimes it all happens on one track, as is the case with the “Big Nothing” and its gloomy swing. Haki wisely doesn’t let its predilection for experimentation (or its smarts) get in the way of a killer punch to the gut—the fierce, cowbell-speckled “Weigh Me Down” hurtles upward with a wild chorus that thousands of neutered alt-rock bands desperately wish they could pull off. —Leor Galil



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