When: Thu., Aug. 11, 8 p.m. 2016
Though Chicago singer-songwriter Anthony Jay Sanders is gearing up to release his official solo debut, I Will Be the One Who Goes (Near Mint), next month, he’s already been around the block. He fronts the charmingly theatrical emo mob Island of Misfit Toys and occasionally jumps into other bands to help fill out live shows (he spent as much time onstage as off- at the final Chicago show by Michigan fourth-wave emo heroes Empire! Empire! in April). He’s also a delightfully irrepressible force in different circles of the national independent emo scene—as an example, adventurous Philly trio Jank gives him a shout-out on “Spilt to Bill.” All of this is to say that Sanders understands his capabilities as a musician, and on I Will Be the One Who Goes he finds ways to push beyond the quasi-symphonic template he’s fashioned with Island. The intimate, luminescent “Three” may very well play to some listeners’ nostalgic pangs for downtempo, slightly lo-fi aughts indie pop, but Sanders approaches it with the kind of earnest fervor that helps push the song into the future.
Price: $10, $8 in advance