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Poster Children, Ifihadahifi, Droids Attack Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., Oct. 30, 8 p.m. 2009
Price: $14, $12 in advance
Before geek chic and nerdcore, before the era when guys with dot-com start-ups became their own kind of rock star, Champaign’s POSTER CHILDREN were proud brainiacs. They named records after techie lingo (1997’s RTFM takes its title from the acronym for “read the fucking manual”), they established a strong Internet presence before most people even knew what the Internet was (the band’s tour blog dates to 1995, years before the word “blog” entered the vernacular), and under the name Salaryman they released electronic music that was basically a mash note to computer sounds. They also made a lot of pretty great jams along the way, and the albums from their heyday, which spanned most of the 90s—my favorites are 1991’s Daisychain Reaction and 1993’s Tool of the Man—are some of the best crunchy, clever guitar pop of the era. Crunchy, clever guitar pop has fallen out of style since then, but being fashionable has never been high on the Poster Children’s list of priorities. Ifihadahifi and Droids Attack open. —Miles Raymer



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