When: Thu., Nov. 17, 9:30 p.m. 2011
One of the city's hidden treasures, Detholz! have at times polarized their corner of the Chicago scene, but they've never been as divisive as they were when they began their career as Wheaton College's only band of performance-art pranksters. Carrying with them a load of cosmological baggage from their Christian-scene roots, they grew up in public here in Chicago—their breakthrough record was 2006's Cast Out Devils, its apocalyptic tales of spiritual warfare wrapped in a jumpy, alert, challenging style of new-school new wave. Their latest, this spring's Death to the Traitor (produced by Bobby Conn), is one of the best rock records to come out of Chicago this year; their foundational sound, reminiscent of Devo and Talking Heads, has been polished and sharpened into a fine blade, and they use it to drive home the business end of their complex and eerie lyrics. Sadly, Detholz! are going on semipermanent hiatus soon—guitarist Karl Doerfer is in med school at Northwestern, keyboardist Jon Steinmeier (also of Baby Teeth and Mucca Pazza) is moving to LA to concentrate on film scores, and front man Jim Cooper is likewise planning to relocate out west. They may still announce one final show, but for the time being this is their last—tonight they'll be playing themselves off the stage, at least for now. —Monica Kendrick Ami Saraiya, Lord of the Yum-Yum, and Heinous Action open.