When: Thu., Feb. 16, 9 p.m. 2012
Chaperone hasn't quite settled into a sound yet, and honestly they're better for it. This local five-piece's debut, the self-released 2010 EP Cripple King, is theatrical, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink indie rock—the brand popularized by Arcade Fire and the Decemberists. But let's not kid ourselves: the music industry's co-opting of that subgenre post-Grammys is turning it into a haven for cookie-cutter bands that inspire nothing but yawns and glazed-over stares. So it's a mercy that Chaperone changed gears: last year's Raised by Wolves seven-inch has an almost punk edge (almost) and an alt-country swagger fortified with straight-up guff. The killer B-side track "Oh Ye Drowning Children" is further evidence the band is headed in the right direction: fast and surfy, it's a real fist-pumper. For tonight's show Chaperone will be a four-piece, since vocalist Shaylah Kloska (who also plays guitar, keyboard, glockenspiel, and tambourine) is on maternity leave. I've been assured that she'll be an integral part of the band's debut full-length, though; they plan to begin working on it in March. —Kevin Warwick Juniper Tar opens.
Price: $5 suggested donation