Outer Minds, Mannequin Men, Radar Eyes, Summer Girlfriends | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Outer Minds, Mannequin Men, Radar Eyes, Summer Girlfriends 

When: Sat., April 7, 10 p.m. 2012
Price: $8, free with RSVP at rsvp@emptybottle.com
I wouldn't be surprised if the self-titled debut album by Chicago's Outer Minds, released in early March by Oakland label Southpaw, were the only garage-rock record in history on which two members of a five-piece band are credited with glockenspiel. Luckily, that's not the most remarkable thing about the album—what makes Outer Minds distinctive are the delightful Mamas & the Papas-style vocal harmonies of guitarist Zach Medearis, keyboardist Mary McKane, and tambourine whacker Gina Lira, which imbue the band's grotty Nuggets punk (bashed out by Medearis, bassist Aaron "A-Ron" Orlowski, and drummer Brian Costello, who's also a Reader contributor) with an incongruously sunny Technicolor vibe. Sometimes the harmony parts outshine the workmanlike melodies, but it sure is nice to hear a retro garage band aiming for something more than a Neanderthal stomp—and even better, Outer Minds embrace pop polish without losing the raw energy and rhythmic drive of punk. —Peter Margasak Mannequin Men, Radar Eyes, and Summer Girlfriends open.

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