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When: Mon., Dec. 19, 9 p.m. 2016

Chicago’s rock scene is littered with collections of vets in new and interesting configurations, and right now one of the hardest hitting and freshest is instrumental trio JOB. Headed by former Alla and Deep Earth member Otto Junker, JOB steps away from the garage, psych, and noise rock dominating the local landscape and dives headfirst into droney prog. The tracks on October’s self-released, self-titled LP are anchored by the crispy, dexterous beats of drummer Jim Myers (a former member of math rockers Dakota/Dakota, which eventually morphed into postmetal giant Russian Circles), while Junker and Bill Myers—Jim’s younger brother—unleash an arsenal of high-powered synths, springy bass, and lofty guitars. The energy and sound pay tribute to the eerie 80s output of prog giants Yes and King Crimson. Donning headlamps and stalking a dimly lit stage, the members flawlessly execute complex tracks with a hypnotic precision. This week JOB (an acronym of the members’ first names) will head into Bricktop Recording with engineer and Weekend Nachos guitarist Andy Nelson to begin working on a new collection of songs.

Luca Cimarusti

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