the Intelligence, Maximum Wage, Boystown | Hideout | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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the Intelligence, Maximum Wage, Boystown 

When: Sat., Aug. 29, 9 p.m. 2009
Price: $10
Lo-fi garage rockers seem to take great pleasure in writing the sugariest sonic confections they can and then plunging them into a sea of cheap effects boxes and cheaper recording decks. The Intelligence, masterminded by multi-instrumentalist and A Frames drummer Lars Finberg, have been doing this sort of thing for a decade, but not till lo-fi became hip in the past year or so did they start attracting the attention they deserve. This Seattle outfit’s aesthetic is a perverse balance of pop’s accessible nature and punk’s purposefully off-putting one, and when they get the two sides in perfect equilibrium the results are deeply satisfying. On the new Fake Surfers (In the Red) they throw in neck-snappingly abrupt changes and a sense of existential dread worthy of a Reagan-era hardcore band but still frequently hit that sweet spot—high points include the staticky punk of “Moody Tower” and “Thank You God for Fixing the Tape Machine” as well as the Kinks-thrown-down-a-well sound of “Warm Transfers.” Maximum Wage and Boystown open. —Miles Raymer



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