Amp Vs. Amp: Paver vs. Bleach Party, Absolutely Not vs. Lil Tits | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Tue., July 1, 9 p.m. 2014

Sometimes the theme is the headliner. Organized by Kriss Stress, overseer of Chicago underground-music operation Notes & Bolts (formerly a label, now more of an archive and concert series), tonight’s show is as an ode to comic and movie hero Scott Pilgrim. Much as Pilgrim and his punk trio, Sex Bom-Omb, throw down in a battle of the bands that culminates in a free-for-all where Pilgrim and company play at the same time as various evil wooers of Ramona Flowers (the Katayanagi Twins, for instance), tonight’s four groups will be paired up two-on-two. They’ll begin by trading songs—one plays and then the other, just like at an old screamo show—and then finish by going “Amp vs. Amp” and playing their last songs simultaneously. Ambitious? Mostly. It’s a tad nutso to try to translate this to a real-life stage, but ultimately it should be more fun than headache. The matchups: noisy, string-heavy postrock from the Paver versus the swinging, fuzzed-out garage of Bleach Party, plus the abrasive noise punk of Lil Tits versus the sharp, spazzy pop-punk of Absolutely Not. —Kevin Warwick

Price: $5

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