Johnny Young, Michael Vallera, MT Coast, Double Morris | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Johnny Young, Michael Vallera, MT Coast, Double Morris Recommended Agenda Soundboard

When: Tue., Jan. 22, 9:30 p.m. 2013

In the duo Cleared, multi-instrumentalist Michael Vallera launches surges of jagged guitar chords and looming electronic fog banks against Steven Hess’s unyielding drumbeats. In solo settings Vallera sticks to an electric guitar and pedals, but his music hardly sounds limited; without another player to establish a rhythm or set boundaries, he stirs up masses of sound that feel as big as weather systems. Tone and texture can vary drastically from one set to the next; I’ve heard him drone like a squadron of WW II bombers and swirl like he was auditioning for the Cocteau Twins, and on the upcoming EP Dead Suns (Nihilist) he lets fly with some shredding that sounds like someone fed steel girders into a lumber mill. —Bill Meyer Johnny Young headlines; Michael Vallera, MT Coast, and Double Morris open.

Price: $8, free with RSVP at

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