Crystal Castles, Rusko, Sinden, Twelves, Destructo, DJs Alex Zelenka & Midnight Conspiracy | Congress Theater | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Crystal Castles, Rusko, Sinden, Twelves, Destructo, DJs Alex Zelenka & Midnight Conspiracy Member Picks Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Fri., Aug. 13, 6 p.m. 2010

Crystal Castles' 2008 self-titled album succeeded thanks in part to its appealing take on chiptune music, the bleep-bloopy retro-tronica based on sounds lifted from vintage video-game systems—the duo injected the uber-geeky style with a trashy streak of noisy aggression. And when they blew up, becoming more than just a cult band, they did so with help from an artfully bratty public persona—not only did they attract several allegations of intellectual-property theft, they also developed a reputation for ending their live performances with a tantrum only a few songs in. But time passes for all of us, even artsy electro-punk bands, and Crystal Castles' second self-titled album (released this spring on Fiction Records), while still way more aggro than your average dance record, has a relatively restrained aesthetic—as on the chilly, house-inflected "Baptism"—that suggests a growing maturity. And the lack of scandal this far into the album's promotional cycle suggests that the rumors of the duo's newfound commitment to finishing their sets might turn out to be true. —Miles Raymer

Price: $30, 17+

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