Parquet Courts, Protomartyr, Outside World | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Parquet Courts, Protomartyr, Outside World 

When: Sun., July 21, 9:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $7
Protomartyr front man Joe Casey would be the first to say he can’t sing worth a lick—and that he couldn’t care less about it. Because Protomartyr is a Detroit punk band, make no mistake—and for a Detroit punk band, part of the allure is a singer who sounds like he might at any moment fall shitface-first into a puke-lacquered bar littered with Molson bottles. Since the release of the four-piece’s 2012 debut, No Passion All Technique (Urinal Cake), Casey has been drawing comparisons to the Fall’s Mark E. Smith for his slovenly drunken howl and an intermittent discharge of baritone slurs that trip over one another. He slinks through a loosely stitched blend of lo-fi garage and postpunk whose more spirited tracks, among them “Three Swallows” and “Feral Cats,” add a dash of pub-rock pageantry. It’s a calculated disorder that exudes a fuck-all attitude and (particularly in the crafty guitar melodies) a sneaky shrewdness. Even the album’s title oozes nihilism, but “Ypsilanti”—named after a town a hop and a skip from Detroit—is too perfect a punk single for me to believe that the dudes just don’t give a damn. —Kevin Warwick Parquet Courts headline; Protomartyr and Outside World open.

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