MIKA MIKO | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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If the video footage on their MySpace page is any indication, Mika Miko's second coming to Chicago will deliver us all unto punk heaven. Los Angeles hasn't spawned a rowdy cabal with this much teen spirit since the Dangerhouse days; it's as if these five girls walked out of a Bags/Eyes/Dils show and immediately started a band. Listening to their newest full-length, 666 (PPM), you'd swear most of the 80s and 90s never happened. The only bit of contemporary punk awareness you can pick up on is some riot-grrrl fuck-you on songs like "Dear Teen Magazine," as front women Jenna and Jennifer sing, "Maybe she's born with it / Am I? / Slick and shiny goo / I hope it doubles as lube / 'Cause the quiz requires a boyfriend." The songs are all about a minute and a half long, occasionally there's saxophone, and onstage one of them sings through an old telephone. The Black Ladies and the Fake Fictions open. Mika Miko also play a free in-store at Reckless Records, 1532 N. Milwaukee, at 4 PM. a 9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $8. --Jessica Hopper

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