Magic Milk, Bingers, Dead Mellotron, Slushy, Uh Bones | Subterranean | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Magic Milk, Bingers, Dead Mellotron, Slushy, Uh Bones Agenda Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., July 24, 9 p.m. 2012

This local band began in 2009 as Kenny Alden and Kenny Alden alone. He played all the instruments on recordings and more than occasionally took the stage alone with a harmonica and guitar, busting through Magic Milk's catalog of minimalist, psych-tinted garage rock. After working with a revolving-door cast of friends and contributors, Alden has assembled a real live trio (rounded out by bassist Nick Spiese and drummer Maggie Laleman), and as a front man he's just as huge a weirdo as he was solo—he likes to let loose, shall we say, and has no problem admitting that his pants will probably come off during any given show. Magic Milk opened for the Mind Spiders a few months back and stole the Denton dudes' thunder, whipping the crowd into such a rowdy frenzy that it apparently convinced Alden's brain he'd been simultaneously possessed by out-there genius John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees and the flamboyant, rock 'n' roll side of Jerry Lee Lewis. The recent EP Mellows (Slow Fizz)—which you can hear at via Bandcamp—is a beachy five-song romp of reverbed-out lo-fi garage where Aldean flaunts his noisy bravado in all its sweaty glamour. "So So Cool," one of the EP's best cuts—and a song Alden has recorded about five times in the band's short history, including Casio and non-Casio versions—is a tongue-in-cheek, self-­deprecating sneer at what it takes to be cool (and a list of reasons he isn't). But cool or not, Magic Milk have picked up so much local buzz from the EP and their onstage antics that they'll soon start getting more invites than they'll know what to do with. —Kevin Warwick Bingers, Slushy, and Uh Bones open.

Price: $8

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