Radar Eyes, Bare Mutants, Outer Minds Free Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Mon., Feb. 6, 9:30 p.m. 2012

Local garage rockers Radar Eyes don't have the most compelling backstory; they're just four people from a few good bands who got together and nailed a highly listenable sound that bested what they'd done in their previous groups. Then they finally recorded a full-length for an esteemed local label, which I'm sure already has tastemaking music types hurrying to create a Google Doc called "Best of 2012"—their new self-titled debut for HoZac is an essential addition to Chicago's ever-expanding catalog of gloomy, vaguely paranoid, and seriously satisfying psychedelic garage rock. But it's pretty easy to imagine an alternative narrative for Radar Eyes. The album sounds like what might have happened if a garage-rock band began a recording session in the mid-60s, a postpunk band continued to work on it in the late 70s, and a shoegaze band finished it in the early 90s. "Accident," for instance, is like a version of "For Your Love" from an alternate universe where the Yardbirds had access to Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures and a decent amount of MDMA. —Miles Raymer Bare Mutants and Outer Minds open.

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