Changes | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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On their superb full-length debut, Today Is Tonight (Drama Club), these local rising stars find a hundred different ways to jangle, bounce, and glide. Picking up where they left off with their two previous EPs, 2003's First of May and 2004's self-titled release, the Changes continue to experiment with shades of the 80s proto-alt rock--Marshall Crenshaw, Squeeze, Aztec Camera--that most American groups have long since brushed aside. A few of the EP tunes turn up again--a stormy remake of "Such a Scene," a reprise of the jazzy guitar-pop fugue "Her, You and I"--alongside newer standouts like "In the Dark," with its squirrelly Steely Dan-ish faux-electric-sitar solo, and the breezy "Twilight," with hand claps and electric piano that hint at 70s dance-floor glimmer. This is a CD-release show; Tally Hall and Brighton, MA open. a 9 PM, Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, 773-489-3160 or 312-559-1212, $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

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