Peoples Temple of America, Dam Gila, Paul Cherry | Beat Kitchen | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Thu., Dec. 4, 8:30 p.m. 2014

Chicago label FeelTrip is more than just a label. It used to occupy a cavernous loft space that housed a recording studio and DIY venue, and as an arts collective it sponsors parties such as the “pansexual dress-to-sweat” night Soft Leather. As a label FeelTrip has no particular “house sound”—it’s defined more by the circle of friends and collaborators that surrounds it, and has released music by several of them, including eclectic electro-pop outfit Yawn and euphoric dance producer Starfoxxx. This label showcase features three bands on the “rock” spectrum. Peoples Temple of America make punk shot spiked with power pop, or maybe power pop spiked with punk—with its sweet vocal oohs and upbeat guitar solos, last year’s “Mark Gonzales (I Can’t Ride)” straddles the line between the two. Yawn front man Adam Gil records richly layered psych-pop as Dam Gila, and the soothing, dreamlike music on his recent So Long Leisure is the sort of thing you could wrap yourself in like a blanket. It’s worth getting to the Beat Kitchen early for garage-pop whiz kid and Olive Garden superfan Paul Cherry: his new debut EP, On Top, nails the feel-good effervescence of late-60s rock with upbeat, catchy numbers that always seem to end too soon. —Leor Galil

Price: $8

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