Ettes, White Mystery, Buzzer, Impediments, Tiger Spirit | Subterranean | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Ettes, White Mystery, Buzzer, Impediments, Tiger Spirit Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., Aug. 28, 9 p.m. 2009

There are lots of ways to skin the rock ’n’ roll cat, many of them as complex and delicate as any surgery, but sometimes you just want to hear a band like the Ettes lay into it with a dull knife, screaming with glee. Singer-guitarist Lindsay “Coco” Hames pours all her energy into her badass voice—a gutsy, smeary drawl that can cut through the dirtiest of mixes—and lets the Ettes’ great cave-punk rhythm section do the heavy lifting. Between Jeremy “Jem” Cohen’s brutal fuzz bass and the attack-dog stomp Maria “Poni” Silver throws down on the drums, you could almost talk yourself into going out in public wearing a “Punx not dead” T-shirt: this dead-simple music follows a pretty old recipe, but it’s as fresh as your grandma’s coleslaw. Having covered the Reigning Sound’s “We Repel Each Other” on their first album, Shake the Dust, the Ettes invited Reigning Sound front man Greg Cartwright to their newish hometown of Nashville to produce their third full-length, Do You Want Power, which is due September 29 on Take Root—and that ought to tell you everything you need to know about the respect these guys pay their influences. White Mystery, Buzzer, the Impediments, and Tiger Spirit open. —Ann Sterzinger

Price: $10

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