Marmoset, Light Pollution, Nervous Fingers, A Tundra | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Marmoset, Light Pollution, Nervous Fingers, A Tundra Recommended Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Sat., Aug. 22, 10 p.m. 2009

Though Marmoset share their name with a type of small, adorable monkey, their hazy and langorous indie pop doesn’t have much restless monkey energy to it. The Indianapolis trio have been together since 1995, and their sixth release, the new Tea Tornado (Joyful Noise), is their first in many years without engineer and multi-­instrumentalist LonPaul Ellrich, who died in 2008. Surprisingly, the album is slightly less bittersweet than usual for Marmoset—at least on first listen, when what you’re most likely to notice are the sunny, folky guitars and the crisp melodies, which sound a little like something Syd Barrett might’ve written for early Yo La Tengo. But as on past releases there’s a surly, cynical edge to the lyrics, which infects the pretty songs with a hint of toxic malaise—these guys may not play hard rock, but that doesn’t mean they’re soft. Though they’ve visited Chicago more recently, this is their first proper tour in nearly a decade. —Monica Kendrick

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