Cococoma, Maximum Wage, Tyler Jon Tyler | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Cococoma, Maximum Wage, Tyler Jon Tyler Critic's Choice Free Recommended Soundboard

When: Mon., July 6, 9:30 p.m. 2009

If you enjoyed Ian Adams’s playfully caustic pop sensibility in his old drum-machine duo Happy Supply or in the Ponys—where he occupied a sort of Brian Jones role, sans the maracas, drugs, and paternity suits—you should find much to appreciate in this new band. In Maximum Wage he plays with drummer Paul John Higgins from his previous group, the Submarine Races (who released an incredible but sadly overlooked final LP, Hard to Look At, Easy to See, last year on In the Red), and new bassist Ryan Weinstein, Higgins’s bandmate from Red Eyed Legends and a vet of Euphone and White Savage, among others. (Full disclosure: Higgins is the Reader’s editorial designer.) Adams is responsible for the reverbed 12-string Rickenbacker jangle and sharp but sweet hooks, and the group as a whole is talented and creative enough to pull off nods to both Ray Davies-style foppishness and the Minutemen’s open-spirited econo jam. Headlining this free show are locals CoCoComa, fresh from maternity leave (that sounds so much cooler than “back from rehab”) and with two new members joining guitarist Lisa Roe and drummer and singer Bill Roe, who made the baby in question: A.J. Cozzi from Radar Eyes on guitar and organ and T.J. Brock from the Half Rats on bass. —Brian Costello

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