When: Sat., Sept. 28, 9:30 p.m. 2013
The dudes in Chicago alt-rock outfit Pink Frost (formerly Apteka) obviously love guitars. Granted, only Theodore Appert and front man Adam Lukas actually play guitar in the band, but they’ve packed all the six-string action they can into the tight pop-rock tunes on Pink Frost’s brand-new sophomore album, Sundowning (BLVD/Notes & Bolts): the nimble, chimelike cycling patterns on fast-paced ripper “Ruins,” the heavy, hazy psych licks that color the 60s pop-rock hooks of “Dead Cities,” the pent-up, downcast melody that intersects with swelling shoegaze riffs to give the slow-burning “Who I Belong To” its cathartic gravitas. The shape-shifting guitars stop just shy of disrupting the comfortably cohesive overall sound of Sundowning, and the album’s best moments come when you can hear the band drawing energy from those instruments, not just pouring it into them. —Leor Galil Outer Minds and Touched by Ghoul open; the Pirate Twins and Philly Peroxide spin between sets.
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