Best shows to see: Psychic Ills, Follakzoid, Terakaft | Bleader

Best shows to see: Psychic Ills, Follakzoid, Terakaft


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The long-awaited debut of reunited 2-Tone vets the Specials finally happens on Monday at the Vic Theater, getting the work week off to a skanking start. If you can sneak into the Hideout that same night, you can get another take on Jamaican sound when Chicago natives Wild Belle play an intimate show to celebrate the release of their debut album the next day. On Tuesday the annual Chi-Town Jazz Fest, whose proceeds benefit hunger-relief organizations, kicks off at Martyrs' with sets by Aaron Koppel and Rob Clearfield, while the metal-drone outfit Locrian play their first local show in two years at Burlington Bar. The vocal ensemble the Creole Choir of Cuba return to town on Wednesday for a performance at the Old Town School, while Tyler, the Creator—the face of LA hip-hop crew Odd Future—plays Metro. More highlights from this week's Soundboard are after the jump.

Mon 3/11: Psychic Ills, Follakzoid at Empty Bottle
"On their new album, One Track Mind (Sacred Bones), New York trio Psychic Ills zero in on a borderline catatonic strain of bluesy guitar psychedelia whose hypnotic, static structures ride on metronomic midtempo grooves," I write this week. "Guitarist and front man Tres Warren has mastered the somnambulant chant-singing of Spacemen 3's Jason Pierce, which further narrows the music's range." Opening for them in this Chicago debut are the Chilean band Follakzoid. "The group's first U.S. full-length, II (Sacred Bones), borrows heavily from Neu!'s chugging motorik rhythms, and guitarist Domingo Garcia-Huidobro pours out molten licks that ooze into the music's sharp crevices, whether he's driving hard, exploring with reckless confidence, or launching wild volleys into the great beyond."

Tue 3/12: Terakaft at Chicago Cultural Center
"Mesmerizing north African guitar band Terakaft named their fourth and best record, Kel Tamasheq (World Village), after the phrase their nomadic Tuareg people use to identify themselves, and though they sound sleeker and more focused, they're also angrier and more political than ever, addressing the fight for self-determination head-on," I write this week. "The group recorded the album in November 2011 with British guitarist Justin Adams, who was also the first producer for pioneering desert-rock band Tinariwen, cofounded by Terakaft front man Liya Ag Ablil. Adams has brought a new clarity to the cycling guitar licks and stabs, clopping percussion, and syncopated hand claps, and he joins some folks from Maghreb-influenced French band Lo'Jo to contribute extra guitar and background vocals."

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