M.O.T.O., Bent Left, Das Kapital, Junker, Voice of Addiction | Mutiny | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

M.O.T.O., Bent Left, Das Kapital, Junker, Voice of Addiction Recommended Free Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Sat., Aug. 29, 9:30 p.m. 2009

After 20 years in Chicago, M.O.T.O. are leaving us. The band is basically singer, guitarist, and songwriter extraordinaire Paul Caporino plus whoever he can recruit to back him up, and Caporino’s moving to Providence, Rhode Island, in September. To be a Master of the Obvious about it myself, 20 years is a long time. It’s been long enough for M.O.T.O. to outlast a string of meh-worthy mini epochs in Chicago rock—the Wicker Park major-label signing frenzy of the 90s, emo, post-emo, chain-wallet pop punk—and it’s definitely been long enough for the band to become the kind of scene fixture everybody takes for granted. It’s always seemed like a given that Caporino and company would be playing out somewhere every month, blazing through one brilliant pub-punk anthem after another. Caporino’s influences are, well, obvious—Nick Lowe, the Buzzcocks, Cheap Trick, the Ramones—but it takes a knack for more than just picking the right idols to come up with a tune as perfectly succinct as the beer-­commerical-worthy “I Hate My Fucking Job.” (Hell, even Dylan had to travel a few metaphorical miles to say the same thing in “Maggie’s Farm.”) And that’s just one of about 25 songs I hope M.O.T.O. play at these two farewell shows. “Go Naked,” “Crystallize My Penis,” “We Are the Rats,” “Dance Dance Dance Dance Dance to the Radio”—I could go on and on. M.O.T.O. are second of three on Friday at the Bottle, so if a long good-bye is what you want, the Mutiny show on Saturday is your best bet—M.O.T.O tops the bill on that one, and they’ll almost certainly be playing another of the one- to two-hour “greatest hits” sets they’ve become notorious for. Caporino plans to keep touring after his move, but there’s no telling when he’ll be back in Chicago just yet. Bent Left, Das Kapital, Junker, and Voice of Addiction open. —Brian Costello

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