Drug Rug, Mazes | Hideout | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Drug Rug, Mazes Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., Aug. 20, 9 p.m. 2009

Indie-pop couples straining to be adorable tend to make me dry heave. (Sorry, Matt & Kim, sometimes even you.) But Drug Rug—aka Tommy Allen, Sarah Cronin, and whoever doesn’t mind being a third wheel—manage to be charming without sounding like they’re trying. I’m glad I didn’t flee after I read in their bio that they spent their first date drinking whiskey in bed and trading songs on guitar. The sugary, lo-fi dream pop on their second full-length, Paint the Fence Invisible (Black and Greene), is perfect summer music, bursting with restless energy and easy camaraderie, and Allen and Cronin’s contrasting voices—hers is high, almost childlike, while his is an airy, grainy drawl—go together like salt and watermelon. Though the album tails off a bit in its second half, raggedy up-tempo stompers like “Never Tell” and “Hannah, Please” will be enough to bring me out to this show—even though I know there’s a real risk the two of them will be sneaking puppy-dog looks at each other onstage. —Kevin Warwick

Price: $10

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