Paul Caporino, Mike Felten, Aaron Kelly | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Wed., June 6, 9:30 p.m. 2012

In a 1990 Reader profile of Paul Caporino and his band M.O.T.O. (it stands for "Masters of the Obvious"), Bill Wyman remarked that "human genitalia and bodily functions are to him what haystacks were to Monet." Turns out that Monet was the lightweight. He only painted haystacks for a couple of years; more than two decades later, Caporino is still writing and performing juvenile sex numbers ("The Chicks Can Tell" is about how attractive he always seems to be to women when he's just gotten laid), antilove anthems ("Put the Wall Back Up"), and shamelessly self-aggrandizing party starters ("I'm Why God Made Rock"). Shameless, but not baseless—also unchanged is his gift for crafting tunes from two chords and a bunch of fuzz that you couldn't get out of your head with a crowbar. He's earned the respect of other musicians too: Nobunny covered M.O.T.O.'s "It Tastes Just Like a Milkshake" on the 2010 EP Brace Face. This is Caporino's first gig in Chicago since he left town in 2009, and he'll be playing M.O.T.O. songs solo. Bands, he says, just get in the way these days. —Bill Meyer Mike Felten and Aaron Kelly open. $8, free with RSVP to

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