Inspector Owl celebrates the end of 15 years of making indie rock with a farewell show | Concert Preview | Chicago Reader

Inspector Owl celebrates the end of 15 years of making indie rock with a farewell show 

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Inspector Owl

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Perhaps when the retro gaze of pop-music culture shifts to aughties indie rock, some future archivists will give Inspector Owl a little more attention than they’ve received in their time. The five-piece group hail from the western suburb of Geneva, and over their 15 year together their activity has become more sporadic over time; they’ve released one single every year for the past three, but it’s clear the band's members have had other priorities. Last month Inspector Owl announced their impending final show on Facebook: “Life has taken everyone in different directions and we are scattered across multiple states and thousands of miles. We want to spend the evening with as many friends and family as possible.” So why not join them for the celebration? Inspector Owl’s most recent album, a self-titled collection they self-released in 2012, summons the quixotic magic of the recently bygone era that birthed the group, when the best indie rock sounded alternately scruffy and ambitious (and even middle-of-the-road material had a novel charm). But Inspector Owl is more than just a sentimental visit to the sounds of times past; it contains glimmers of greatness, such as the tender arrangement on “Building Forts That Last Longer Than Castles.”   v

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