When: Fri., July 8, 9 p.m. 2011
With reunion fever still in full swing, the question we should ask isn't what 90s alt-rock bands are going to reunite, but which ones won't. That's a tough call to make, considering that Blind Melon and Sublime both have shows in the Chicago area this summer despite the fact that their lead singers died more than 15 years ago. It was probably inevitable that North Carolina's Archers of Loaf would get back together to tour behind an upcoming series of reissues on Merge (starting with Icky Mettle on August 2). And it seems equally inevitable that the band's two Chicago shows are going to be monsters, so maybe this isn't the right place to be griping. When I saw them back in the mid-90s, they started their set with everybody but the drummer simultaneously jumping two feet into the air, and they kept that energy going for a solid hour. If Archers of Loaf can manage to be even half as exciting now, it'll well be worth the price of admission. —Miles Raymer See also Saturday.
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