Martha's Vineyard Ferries, the Gary, Wereworm Soundboard

When: Tue., April 26, 9 p.m. 2011

Bob Weston (Shellac, Volcano Suns, Mission of Burma) and Elisha Wiesner (Kahoots) started Martha's Vineyard Ferries in summer 2009 as a "fake joke band," in Wiesner's words—Kahoots is based mostly on Martha's Vineyard. But before long they enlisted Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine, Pullman) to play drums and holed up in Chicago to write and record some for-real songs. Last year Sickroom released the EP In the Pond, four blasting, flinty tunes that recall the mid-80s heyday of Boston's underground rock scene, when groups like Volcano Suns (pre-Weston), Salem 66, the Neats, and Christmas juggled sharp humor, postpunk noise, and brooding melodies. In the Pond is the best eight minutes of straight-up rock I've heard all year—most younger bands could learn something from its concise, terrific songwriting. These are the trio's first Chicago shows; see also Tuesday. —Peter Margasak

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