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Twin Peaks

Daniel Topete

When: Fri., May 13, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: sold out
Poke around the Instagram feed of Chicago rock outfit Twin Peaks and you’ll see bursts of what it’s like whizzing around the world with friends when you’re in your early 20s—there are artfully angled live photos, a selfie with a Minion, and a short video of singer-guitarist Clay Frankel doing a diving elbow drop onto singer-guitarist Cadien Lake James as he lies prostrate. That said, a quick listen to the band’s brand-new Down in Heaven (Grand Jury) might suggest the members of Twin Peaks are decades older than they actually are. Sure, the fivesome dish out dreamy Zombies-like guitar tones and snarled vocals that hark back to the Rolling Stones, but they wield those classic influences to explore what it means to be a young person at a time when phallic, yellow animated creatures are inescapable parts of pop culture. The refined, cohesive Down in Heaven shakes off some of the jittery rambunctiousness of 2014’s Wild Onion, but as sophisticated and worldly as Twin Peaks sound on the album they still evoke the energy of youth in all its colorful and confusing glory. Lead single “Walk to the One You Love” pins down the members’ place in life: they’re old enough to understand the agency and free will of someone they pine for even as they wrestle with the desire to call that person theirs.
— Leor Galil
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