Tanlines, Rewards, Field Auxiliary | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Thu., April 19, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Price: $10
Recently I was at the Hideout with a friend when "Africa" started playing over the PA. "Who do you think the Toto of the 90s will be?" my friend asked me. I'm sure that would be a fascinating line of inquiry, but I'm more interested in thinking about who might turn out to be the Toto of the 2010s—especially given the enthusiasm with which mainstream and underground acts alike continue to draw upon the pop sounds of the 1980s. I think Brooklyn indie-pop duo Tanlines have a solid shot at the title. On their new debut, Mixed Emotions (True Panther Sounds), they nail a handful of the 80s' distinctive sonic signifiers—warm synths, guitars that shimmer and echo, drums treated with thunderclaps of reverb—and leave the decade's chintzier sounds in the past. Mixed Emotions is a lively, upbeat album, and I can easily imagine bar patrons asking robot DJs to crank up "Lost Somewhere" or "All of Me" in 2042. —Leor Galil Rewards and Field Auxiliary open.

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