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Rollin Hunt, Goatflower, Laughing Eye Weeping Eye All Ages Soundboard

When: Sat., April 16, 8 p.m. 2011

Moniker Records founder Robert Manis is a connoisseur of Chicago's solitary musical weirdos. Having released a record by unhinged folk primitivist John Bellows last year, Manis is now pushing the more subdued—but no less strange—ROLLIN HUNT. On the A side of his recent debut seven-inch, "Criminal," he only needs three minutes to do off-kilter things to several oldies radio tropes; his warped readings of doo-wop and rockabilly come off like something that Jim Steinman (you know, the guy who wrote songs for Meat Loaf) might have dreamed up if he'd been a basement recluse with a four-track, a cheap flanger, and an undiagnosed serotonin imbalance. On the B side, "Castle of Nothing" combines a menacing mood and noisy, druggy electro-pop. Hunt's official debut album, The Phoney, drops this summer; presumably it's just as off the rails. —Miles Raymer

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