Cap'n Jazz, Gauge, Plague Bringer | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Cap'n Jazz, Gauge, Plague Bringer Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Sat., July 17, 9 p.m. 2010

Even when it appeared they'd never reassemble, no subsequent project—not even Joan of Arc—could ever quite outrun the shadow of the good Cap'n. That's the cross you bear when your troubled-teen band was the Fugazi of the western suburbs, midwestern emo's alpha and omega. After a decade-plus of goading, the boys—now grads and dads—are back, and if the surprise show I saw at the Empty Bottle this spring is any indication, they're as mercurial as they ever were. They blazed through those basement hits with the old hardcore fury and adulthood's new precision, with front man Tim Kinsella keen and punk petulant, screaming like a kid again. Cap'n Jazz and Gauge also play on Sunday at the same venue. —Jessica Hopper

Price: Sold out; 17+

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