Salem, Silk Flowers, Neil Jendon, Fortieth Day + Noise Crush, How to Dress Well (DJ set) | Empty Bottle | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Salem, Silk Flowers, Neil Jendon, Fortieth Day + Noise Crush, How to Dress Well (DJ set) Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., March 15, 9 p.m. 2011

With their Ryan-McGinley-goes-to-the-trailer-park looks and trendy witch-house sound—imagine a goth DJ's record collection chopped and screwed—Salem effortlessly leapt from obscurity to indie-music-blog ubiquity. Soon enough, most of the people paying attention to the group went from loving them to ignoring them in favor of the new-new—as is usually the case in these situations—but sticking with Salem has proved interesting. I still find much of last year's King Night (Iamsound) unlistenable, but in a really fascinating way that continues to compel me to put the album on. With their daring way of being tunefully terrible, their ability to attract frequent accusations of exploitative cultural appropriation, and their druggy-cool image, Salem just might be this generation's Pussy Galore. It's about time. —Miles Raymer

Price: $10

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