Modey Lemon | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe


Pittsburgh's Modey Lemon are that rare and glorious thing glimpsed from time to time creeping out of the primordial ooze of neo-garage: a bona fide new creature that is far, far more than the sum of its influences. I don't much see the point of picking out individual sequences of genes in this trio's weird DNA, but if you wanted to suggest that on occasion they sound a bit like the Soft Boys with a much more maniacal drummer, playing something like what Pink Floyd might have if Syd had stayed coherent well into 1976, I wouldn't argue too much. Their forthcoming third album, The Curious City (Birdman), is a mannered minor masterpiece of trippy punk, ripping up the floorboards with tribal riffs and closing out with a 16-minute odyssey called "Trapped Rabbits" (which, like the cover art, has something to do with nightmares involving Watership Down). New Black and Stnnng open. Fri 8/12, 10 PM, Subterranean, 2011 W. North, 773-278-6600 or 800-594-8499, $8.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  →