When: Fri., Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m. 2011
We all gotta go sometime, and Peaking Lights' time has come. The Madison duo has bailed for the sunshine and smog of California, which means even fewer Chicago shows (the band was on hiatus for most of the past year while drummer Indra Dunis had a baby). It's a shame, because Dunis and her husband, Aaron Coyes, were/are one of the best midwestern outfits in too long. Their most recent album, 936 (Not Not Fun), is a dubby, fuzzy, twinkling bit of motorik-beat minimalism—a sort of understated trance music. Dunis's voice, like the organ, drums, and guitar, is layered with delay; the effect is one part deep dub reggae, one part Joe Meek outer-space soaring. The good news about Peaking Lights is that they just signed to Mexican Summer and are working on a new LP for spring 2012—and with any luck, a few tour stops in Chicago thereafter. —Jessica Hopper This show is part of Adventures in Modern Music; see here. Oval headlines.