Ungh! | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader


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I can't remember who it was that said artists never really create, they only rearrange, but it's hard to think of a band on the Chicago scene that illustrates that adage better than the quaintly named Ungh!, four softspoken young fellows who cannibalize not "roots" rock forms from 10 or 20 or 30 years ago, but rather the most recent of subgenres--funk, rap, house, core, industrial--to produce something inexplicably fresh and different. Ungh! combines interesting crunch noise with funkwise broken bass patterns and unpredictable electronic whirring and pinging, and throws the results on top of an amateurish-but-tough rhythm bottom. That's when the dance floor starts throbbing. An Ungh! set is a dance event for everyone: their sound is big and wide enough to accommodate the slammin' skateboard kids, the gloomy urban-techno types, the funk crowd, the art crowd, and even lovable dummies like me who just wanna have a good time. And although a band does not have to be hip to be wonderful, Ungh! is both hip and wonderful. Thursday, Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison; 327-1662.

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