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Krunchies, Brown Brogues, Dream Teens Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., Feb. 23, 9:30 p.m. 2011

I'm such a big fan of the Krunchies that for about two years in the mid-aughts they were the house band for my defunct live talk show at the Empty Bottle. By now these Chicagoans have been a band for a full decade, and they just keep bashing out the soundtrack to their blue-collar northwest-side lives—a glorious Land Speed Record cacophony. They aren't the most ambitious group: they might release a seven-inch here, a seven-inch there, and their rehearsals are often as much an opportunity to tell fart jokes as an opportunity to work on songs. But that's definitely a big part of their charm, and perhaps the secret to their longevity. What's always set them apart musically from similar loud-fast practitioners are the howling, screaming call-and-response of guitarist Kevin Goggin and bassist Amanda Hohmeier and the somewhat unorthodox drumming style of Matt Hohmeier, who takes the boom-chick of 80s hardcore and spikes it with a sharp, jolting syncopation you don't often hear in music this fast. Onstage they act like goofs, filling their between-song banter with the kind of self-deprecating inside jokes that longtime friends tend to have—but as soon as they start to play again, it's off to the races, and it becomes pretty obvious they're not giving themselves enough credit for how good they sound. —Brian Costello

Price: $8, free with RSVP to rsvp@emptybottle.com

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