When: Sat., June 15, 6 p.m. 2013
When Gainesville emo four-piece Dikembe debuted in 2011, they were basically a joke—their first EP, Chicago Bowls, is an ode to weed and the Bulls with terrible basketball-themed puns for song titles (“Scottie Spliffen,” “Tony Kukush”) As front man Steven Gray wrote on the band’s blog at the time, Dikembe was just supposed to be fun, maybe heard by a handful of friends at most—but that EP struck a chord outside their inner circle, and they burned through their 200 free Bandcamp downloads in three days. Dikembe have the youthful friskiness of the sloppy emo bands that are hot in DIY punk circles right now, but their playing is tight and anthemic, and Gray’s earnest, scuffed-up vocals go down smooth enough to avoid alienating listeners wary of the off-key bleating associated with the genre. Dikembe have since ascended to the top of the national underground emo scene, thanks mostly to last year’s Broad Shoulders LP (Tiny Engines), and they’re still going strong on a recent split seven-inch with locals Pet Symmetry (whose front man, Evan Thomas Weiss of Into It. Over It., released it on his Storm Chasers label). Dikembe’s almost serene contribution, “Keys to the Jeep,” sounds like sitting around an early-evening campfire and roasting marshmallows with some chilled-out punk kids. —Leor Galil Signals Midwest headline; Dikembe, Warren Franklin & the Founding Fathers, and Heavy Boots open.