HoZac Blackout: Nervous Eaters, Nobunny, Tutu & the Pirates, Timmy's Organism, Puffy Areolas, Idle Times, Reading Rainbow, People's Temple, Heavy Times, Radar Eyes, Outer Minds, Nones | Velvet Perineum | Fairs & Festivals, Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

HoZac Blackout: Nervous Eaters, Nobunny, Tutu & the Pirates, Timmy's Organism, Puffy Areolas, Idle Times, Reading Rainbow, People's Temple, Heavy Times, Radar Eyes, Outer Minds, Nones

When: Sat., May 28, 4 p.m. 2011

HoZac has a well-deserved reputation as a reliable source for grotty garage punk, but every once in a while it throws a changeup into the mix to keep us on our toes. One of my favorite recent surprises is Prism Eyes, the second full-length from Philadelphia boyfriend-girlfriend duo Reading Rainbow. Drummer Sarah Everton and organist and guitarist Rob Garcia play twee-as-kittens bubblegum with a primitivist performance style that verges on Beat Happening-esque. If you unpack the songs, though, you'll find subtly complex hooks that, combined with Everton's voice, Garcia's droning keyboard, and the tasteful application of reverb throughout, almost make me want to compare the band to 90s dream-pop group Lush. At just over 40 minutes, the album's maybe ten minutes longer than it needs to be, and on a straight top-to-bottom listen the drones start to get a little too drone-y. But playing the excellent opening track, "Wasting Time," on repeat can keep you busy for a couple weeks before the idea of going further into the record even occurs to you. So maybe it's not fair to complain. —Miles Raymer

Price: $30, $45 two-day golden ticket

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