Hunx & His Punx, Heavy Cream, the Artist Formally Known as Vince, Absolutely Not | Double Door | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Thu., March 29, 9 p.m. 2012

Seth "Hunx" Bogart possesses a number of qualities that help explain how frequently he's compared to John Waters: they have the same style of mustache, the same taste for hysterical postwar camp, and the same abiding love for the sugary pop music of that period. (It's easy to imagine that Waters, a gifted mix-tape curator, has included Hunx & His Punx songs on more than one.) They also share an ability to use theatrical flamboyance and universally relatable themes and narratives to get straight people into really gay shit—while it's always cool to see someone repping for the queer kids in the underground rock scene, it's almost cooler to see proudly heterosexual garage-punk dudes out at shows singing along passionately to songs about making out with other dudes. Recently Hunx followed up last year's supremely catchy Too Young to Be in Love—recorded with his since-­disbanded backup group the Punx—with the even better solo effort Hairdresser's Blues (Hardly Art). He's touring with a four-piece that includes a "mystery surprise guitarist." —Miles Raymer

People love pointing out that Nashville garage-rock quartet Heavy Cream is basically three hot girls and a guy, but front woman Jessica McFarland insists that it doesn't mean a thing: "There are three girls and one guy in our band solely because those were the people who wanted to play and tour," she says. "It was never meant to be a 'girl band.'" Translation: Heavy Cream could really give a damn about winning you over with feminine charm or cuteness or any of that shit—their punchy, Runaways-style proto-punk is all snarl and no curtsy, with just enough huffs of pop to keep things light and catchy. The band's 2010 debut, Danny (Infinity Cat), is 12 songs in a mere 20 minutes, and it absolutely shouldn't be any longer. Tracks like the bouncy, floor-tom-driven romp "Hawkwound" and the quick-hitting, harder-edged "Tina"—which shows off McFarland's sweaty-basement-­punk-show persona—don't need more than 90 seconds to burrow into your brain. —Kevin Warwick Hunx & His Punx headline; Heavy Cream and Absolutely Not open.

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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