CHROMEO | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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The first few times I heard Chromeo I didn't like them much; something about their retro electro-funk style struck me as a little too ironic. But after I saw them live my mind was changed completely--bands that don't respect their material simply can't rock it that hard. Chromeo's jams are double cheesy, the sort of gleefully nasty pop Prince would bust out after he'd had one too many Frankie Beverly records, but you won't catch these guys winking. Their forthcoming full-length, Fancy Footwork (Vice), is a delirium-inducing slurry of vocodered vocals, synthesized cowbell, and mildly suggestive lyrics, and the title track has already conquered dance floors all over the place. They may not take themselves seriously--the dude who wears the Wayfarers sometimes likes to shred and the dude on the talk box dresses like a thug--but that doesn't mean the shit's not real. This is night two of the Empty Bottle's "We © Chicago" weekend; Flosstradamus and Vyle open. Advance tickets are sold out, but a limited number will be available at the door. a 9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $12. --Miles Raymer

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