When: Mon., Dec. 26, 9:30 p.m. 2011
Having brought his snotty, sorta-garagey project Absolutely Not from Orlando to Chicago more than four years ago, Donnie Moore might have expected it to stir up a bit more hubbub around here by now—and honestly, I couldn't much fault him if he did. A little Jay Reatard, a little Mclusky, even a little Thermals, the band can't quite be straight-up packaged and shipped as "garage rock," but that's not to say that Moore—who uses a live band onstage but does it all himself in the studio—doesn't occasionally throw a noisy bubblegum party on simple tunes like "Local Disappointment," from last year's self-released EP It's Over. Absolutely Not's slower, almost postpunk tunes keep the sound from slipping into a rut, but Moore's at his best (and catchiest) when he's dishing out loud, organ-backed, Okmoniks-style fuzz. Having recently opened for Mark Sultan and Thee Oh Sees, Absolutely Not has started finding its crowd in Chicago—and if Moore took a note or three over the shoulders of those brilliant iconoclasts, that can only benefit his own music. —Kevin Warwick Dumpster Babies and Hobo & Boxcar open.