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When: Sun., March 27, 8 p.m. 2016
A couple full disclosures right up front: One, Luggage drummer Luca Cimarusti is the Reader’s music listings coordinator. Two, I was first gripped by Cimarusti’s frenetic punk outfit Loose Dudes well before I even knew his name (the poster from their final show, which depicts a clown crying atop a tombstone emblazoned with the word punk, currently hangs in my bedroom). I’ve been following his path since, and Luggage, his project with guitarist Michael Vallera (of Cleared) and bassist Michael John Grant doesn’t disappoint. On their debut LP, Sun (Automatic Recordings), Luggage paint a cold, barren landscape with just enough reverb to make it feel as though you can see your breath. They’re adept at making the atmosphere feel alternately huge and claustrophobic, creating subtle cracks in the ground with sturdy rhythms and monotone, half-audible vocals that make your chest feel like it’s in a vise and being squeezed tight. Sun is dark and moody, sure, but Luggage find a sense of balance in the overpowering thrum—when the slow-rolling thunder of the title track builds to a crest the band sounds positively uplifting. Tonight’s record-release show is being paired with another on Fri 4/1 at Permanent Records (1914 W. Chicago); that one begins at 6:30 PM and Brian Case opens.
— Leor Galil

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