Do-Division Street Fest with YACHT, Ponys, Warpaint, Earl Greyhound, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, El Ten Eleven, Soft Speaker, and others | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader

Do-Division Street Fest with YACHT, Ponys, Warpaint, Earl Greyhound, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons, El Ten Eleven, Soft Speaker, and others Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Sun., June 6, 1 p.m. 2010

It doesn't seem too difficult for a group of attractive young ladies from LA with movie-star connections (their first drummer was actress Shannyn Sossamon, sister of guitarist-vocalist Jenny Lee Lindberg) to get a lot of easy buzz, but Warpaint's appeal goes deeper. They actually rip: "Elephants," the standout track on their Exquisite Corpse EP (self-released at the beginning of last year and reissued by Manimal Vinyl in October), revolves around a nimble, highlife-inflected guitar arpeggio and a burbling bass line, neither of which any sort of dilettante could come close to pulling off. And they've got ideas: Though their songs show a fair amount of Cat Power influence, the hypnotic, circular melody of "Billie Holiday" and its interpolation of Mary Wells's "My Guy" are brilliant. And deep, dreamy moods like the one that dominates the record don't come along by accident. This set is part of the Do-Division Street Fest; see page 53 of this week's paper for more. —Miles Raymer

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