When: Fri., Aug. 26, 6 p.m. 2011
This Chicago quintet got some buzz last year for their debut EP, What Is Left; this show celebrates the release of its self-released follow-up, A City Submerged, which their press release describes as "the story of a city's demise brought on by a leader's lack of dignity, morality, and selflessness." Hmm, I wonder if that's allegorical. Either way, I Can Hear Myself Levitate's sound is better suited for more ambitious concepts than What Is Left's focus on relationship disintegration. Here and there they get spacey and indulgent—"Saints" opens with some guitar woo-woo that sounds like Jimi Hendrix drooling in his sleep—but for the most part the salty, savory postpunk angularity of their noodling and riffing on A City Submerged and the touch of Dischord earnestness in their vocals (see also Fugazi) bolster the dourness of the lyrical message on the power of the pleasure principle. —Monica Kendrick Onasis, Mismatch, Without a Breath, Photo Finish, and DJ Haha open.