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Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts

Ben Rayner

Parquet Courts, Love of Everything 

When: Tue., Feb. 16, 8:30 p.m. 2016
Price: sold out
Since their 2011 debut LP, American Specialties, Brooklyn’s Parquet Courts have cut loose a constant stream of records that excellently blend the arty, jagged-guitar interplay of a postpunk great like Wire with sketchy, Adderall-fueled fury and New York City cool. The band’s last proper full-length, Content Nausea—which was recorded and performed completely by the band’s guitarist-singers Andrew Savage and Austin Brown and released under the name Parkay Quarts—might be the best of them all. It takes the jumpy, high-strung indie rock that made the band’s first few albums so fun and addictive and adds noise-rock grit and muscle, turning their sound into a sonic gut punch. Their latest two recordings find them branching out even farther from their signature high-voltage indie rock. On the 2015 EP Monastic Living (Rough Trade) Parquet Courts create almost entirely instrumental and noisy soundscapes, and this year’s Ramsgate, a live collaboration with NYC noise-punks PC Worship called PCPC, is six tracks of heady bad attitude. Tomorrow night (Wed 2/17) Reader associate editor Kevin Warwick will moderate a discussion with Parquet Courts at the Chicago Athletic Association (12 S. Michigan) beginning at 8:30 PM; that will be followed by a band DJ set from 10 PM till midnight.
— Luca Cimarusti



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