Lovely Little Girls, Bobby Conn, Walking Bicycles, Chorus of Shadows | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Mon., Aug. 1, 9 p.m. 2016

Prog rock has a reputation for being cerebral, chaste, and stuck inside the head, with little reference to the body. Lovely Little Girls would like nothing more than to ruin that idea forever. The core duo, artist Gregory Jacobsen and bassist Alex Perkolup, create elaborate, challenging, ever-changing musical structures with grotesque themes of slimy, suppurating, oozing, tumescent bodily horror. Not since Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band’s more flatulent emissions has art rock been so fast ’n’ bulbous. Their fourth full-length, Glistening Vivid Splash (Skin Graft), finds the duo holding court with a vast array of collaborators (their usual stage number is in the realm of nine) to create a full, lush sound full of slipperiness and unpredictable, rug-yanking twists and turns. A new LLG album is a long-term pleasure, because you never quite step in the same river twice. Their release parties are spectacles not for the faint of heart: artist and sculptor Jacobsen really lets his freak flag fly (you can see his work in the video for “Corpse Thighs Dancing”), and an eager posse of collaborators floods the stage with living Grand Guignol cabaret. Jacobsen told me some of tonight’s special treats might include a Celtic Frost cover in four-part harmony—with members of Toupee and Cheer-Accident pitching in—and a possible assist from opener and longtime supporter Bobby Conn.

Monica Kendrick

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