Chicago Psych Fest: Circuit des Yeux, Natural Information Society, Cooper Crain, Tarnation Agenda Member Picks Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Thu., Jan. 29, 9 p.m. 2015

Haley Fohr, who moved to Chicago from Bloomington, Indiana, in 2011, really caught my ear with her fourth full-length, 2013’s Overdue. It’s a beautiful, dark-toned record of what some might call psychedelic folk but I would call a sort of modern-acoustic art song. Fohr is no wispy-voiced shrinking violet. Her voice is loud and deep and commanding, like that of a bluesier, more down-to-earth Nico, though far less icy and alienated (there’s also some resemblance to Nico’s solo arrangements). Her compositional style is cinematic in a sweeping and seductive way, and her oracular voice alternately calls and warns amid painterly strings and chiming, heavy guitars. Overdue is enhanced by a few well-placed collaborators, and this Chicago Psych Fest VI gig will be too. Fohr will be backed by a four-piece band of winds, percussion, and viola played by members of Cave, Bitchin Bajas, Matchess, Implodes, and Foul Tip. Circuit des Yeux will be playing a seven-song set, with five of the songs representing new material from a just-finished album that Fohr is keeping very close to her vest until its grand premiere. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $10, $25 for three-day pass

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