Notwist, Jel, Canasta, Sunjacket | House of Blues | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Notwist, Jel, Canasta, Sunjacket Recommended 17+ Soundboard Image

When: Fri., June 13, 7:30 p.m. 2014

Formed in 1989, German band the Notwist started out playing gnarly, heavy rock, but in the aughts they moved toward intimate, delightfully mannered pop speckled with electronics. The best tunes on their two previous albums, 2002’s Neon Golden and 2008’s The Devil, You + Me, have melodies as cozy as anything by a bedroom-studio singer-songwriter—and the near-whispered vocals of front man Markus Acher are the hand-me-down homemade quilt that makes the music feel lived-in. The Notwist retain much of that warmth on their recent eighth album, Close to the Glass (Sub Pop), but they’re also getting weirder—it feels like they’re trying to see just how deranged they can sound without damaging their music’s accessibility. “Signals” uses a distorted electronic melody that could fit into a Frankensteined brostep banger, and the title track rolls out a bouncing processed beat whose tone and timbre sound remarkably like a hand drum. —Leor Galil

Price: $25

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