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Bongripper, Castevet, Stay Ahead of the Weather, Coping Soundboard

When: Sun., Jan. 2, 8 p.m. 2011

Not to be confused with the New York experimental-metal act of the same name, this Castevet is a local emo band with an affection for the cathartic blend of epic hardcore and twinkly pop that characterizes the mid-90s Chicago sound. (They're also changing their name to CSTVT, which should help clear things up.) Their music is hardly the hurricane of dissonance the other Castevet creates, but they do use postpunk cacophony to punctuate many of their best songs—their latest effort, this summer's The Echo & the Light (Tiny Engines), blends glacial postrock guitar, posthardcore angularity, and an aggressive and dynamic melodic sensibility. As spirited as the album is, onstage Castevet turn up the heat on their pulsating, energetic punk rock—they cut their teeth playing in DIY spaces, and they've developed a knack for stirring up frenzied pits of pogoing fans. They focus on their harder, faster songs live, but front man Nick Wakim delivers his half-screamed lyrics with a smile. Bongripper headlines; Castevet, Stay Ahead of the Weather, and Coping open. 17+. —Leor Galil

Price: $8