Generationals, El El, Young Buffalo | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Generationals, El El, Young Buffalo Recommended 18+ Agenda Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Wed., Jan. 14, 9 p.m. 2015

The newest Generationals full-length, Alix (Polyvinyl), is like a warm glass of milk: pleasant, cozy, unusually reassuring even though of course it is. Written by the New Orleans-based duo of Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer, the record is a model of inoffensive, synth-happy indie rock that’s gentle and breezy in both execution and sound—with an undeniable danceability shrewdly stitched in so that the kids still have the address to the party. A track like “Gold Silver Diamond,” with its bouncy backbeat and faux steel-drum synth, ain’t lighting the world on fire, but its catchy tropical melody and airy upper-register vocals might impel someone to throw on an aloha shirt and walk out into a winter’s day, and that should be plenty good enough. Plus, when Joyner and Widmer venture a little closer to rock ’n’ roll territory—as they do on “Reviver”—they start flirting a bit with 80s-era Springsteen, particularly “Dancing in the Dark.” No problem there, either. This show is part of the Tomorrow Never Knows festival. —Kevin Warwick

Price: $15, $100 five-day TNK pass

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