Micachu & the Shapes, Anni Rossi | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Micachu & the Shapes, Anni Rossi Recommended All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Mon., July 13, 7 p.m. 2009

The recent debut from British trio Micachu & the Shapes, Jewellery (Rough Trade), gives us the anti-irony: playfulness. The band’s deconstructed but way-listenable dance music is a rattling, melodically double-jointed dose of art-school found-sound fun where household items, sometimes sampled and sometimes played, shudder and hiss like they’re coming alive. (Whether this penchant for appliances is a conscious aesthetic choice or a product of low-budget resourcefulness remains to be seen—they haven’t really had a budget yet.) Viscerally real and as sweet as it is silly, Jewellery sidesteps the old authenticity debate with kidlike earnestness. Questions about purity of influence and intention just don’t apply to musicians in their righteous early 20s who are thudding and clunking ceremonially or cooing out unfashionable fears (“I won’t have sex / ’Cause of STDs,” sings front woman Mica Levi on “Just in Case”) while playing a vacuum. Playing a vacuum is a rejection of glamour, a way of saying that filth is undeniable, that the mess can’t be separated from the show—and we can keep on dancing all night long. —Jessica Hopper

Price: $8

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