When: Sat., Sept. 29, 9 p.m. 2012
Mission of Burma's back catalog is a trove of postpunk anthems ("Academy Fight Song," "That's When I Reach for My Revolver") that not only sound swell in the band's hands but also become the best song in the set of any act brave enough to cover them—just ask R.E.M. or Moby. However, it isn't just the songs that have made Mission of Burma great; it's also the abandon with which they play them. You can be sure that at least one of the guys onstage—guitarist Roger Miller, bassist Clint Conley, and drummer Peter Prescott—will be throwing curveballs at the other two, and that the fourth guy, who stays behind the soundboard (originally Martin Swope, for the past ten years Bob Weston), will stir up a wicked undertow by feeding tape recordings of the band's own playing back into the mix. Their latest album, Unsound (Fire), includes some of the trickiest and most complicated music Burma has ever played, and if tonight's set is like the one from their previous Chicago visit, they'll be leaning heavily on the new stuff. —Bill Meyer Bear Claw opens.