Shapers, Touched by Ghoul, Get Off the Cross Recommended Image

When: Thu., Aug. 7, 9 p.m. 2014

Shapers stepped onto the Chicago scene fully loaded. They aren't total newbies—all four members also played in May or May Not, and bassist-guitarist Steve Reidell is a constant presence on every MP3 blog in the world as STV SLV of remix duo the Hood Internet—but it's still impressive how quickly their aesthetic has come together. Little, Big is a sweet heap of artful krautrock (Neu! and Cluster are clear influences) with occasional fitful vocals, and its nine songs cover an interstellar range: the pulsing ambience of "When I Was a Zygote," the backward thunderclaps and jaunty percussion of "Hot Gravy Available," the 15-minute synth-psych master jam "Mothership Sequins." —Jessica Hopper, 2010

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