Shiny Toy Guns, MNDR, Colourmusic | Subterranean | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Shiny Toy Guns, MNDR, Colourmusic 

When: Thu., Nov. 1, 8:30 p.m. 2012
Price: $18
Electronic duo MNDR—aka Amanda Warner and Peter Wade, though only Warner performs live—should be far more popular. Now that the mainstream U.S. audience has embraced dance music via the ubiquitous rumbling of dubstep bass drops—they've all but replaced crunchy guitars as the go-to soundtrack for action-movie trailers, major-league sports bumpers, and SUV commercials—you'd think the rising tide that's lifting all the boats in the EDM scene would have helped MNDR more. Overbearing dubstep wub-wubs are nowhere to be found on the New York group's recent debut full-length, Feed Me Diamonds (Ultra), but its powerful hooks and pulsing electronic melodies have plenty to offer to pop fans who like to dance but don't dig Deadmau5 or Skrillex. Opener "#1 in Heaven" makes for a good thumbnail sketch of MNDR's endearing style: a sweetly bouncy guitar melody flows through warm, funky synth patterns and sharp, sparse beats, melding with Warner's multitracked vocals to form feverish, swooning choruses that are equal parts aggressive and sensual. Nothing on Feed Me Diamonds strays far from that template, but I'm not one to complain about a formula when it can generate an album's worth of songs that all sound this good. —Leor Galil Shiny Toy Guns headline; MNDR and Colourmusic open.


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