Stereo Total, Leslie & the Ly's, Pure Magical Love | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Stereo Total, Leslie & the Ly's, Pure Magical Love Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Mon., March 23, 8 p.m. 2009

Leslie Hall must own Ames, Iowa. Ames is a farm town with a chewy center of burnout bohemianism, where people who still wear bouffants out of habit rub elbows with kids like Hall who sport them as a hilarious joke. She nurtures an ostentatious obsession with hideous jewel-encrusted sweaters that’s made her an Internet celebrity, and claimed half-credibly in an NPR interview last year that she started her band, Leslie & the Ly’s, to try to pay the bandwidth bill she got when her online sweater museum became a hit. Between her fearless dorkiness and contagious goofiness—she’s got videos that look like H.R. Pufnstuf and songs with titles like “Zombie Killer”—I get the feeling she’d laugh right in your face if you dared take her seriously. Hall makes music that’s fun, tacky, and unpretentious, the kind of stuff you could dance to in a rec room or a grocery store—the melodies are addictive, the synths and monotone vocals remind me of old-school no wave like Y Pants, and the kid-vid sing-along “All My Friends Are Different” is worthy of Chicago’s own escaped-factory-robot band, the mighty Bzots. Stereo Total headlines; Leslie & the Ly’s and Pure Magical Love open. —Ann Sterzinger

Price: $15

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