The 1975, Dua Lipa | House of Blues | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Fri., July 29, 10 p.m. 2016

The 1975 is the kind of rock band Fall Out Boy wants to be: one that can blend genres without overextending itself or obstructing the music’s emotional subtleties. On this year’s chart-topping I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It (Interscope) the British boys’ glitzy 80s synth-pop sheen augments their arena-rock ambition while reflecting the plastic distractions of modern life Matthew Healy sings about in acerbic detail. A magnetic front man with a sense of what makes pop music sweet and sorrowful, Healy understands how to deliver loquacious lyrics that contain multitudes. He doesn’t shy away from singing about his sudden fame or the effect it’s had on his ego, and he also understands the struggles of young people hoping to connect to strangers, all while being glued to their Instagram feeds. I can’t think of a song that better shows the connection between social media and a fraying relationship than the sumptuous, somber “A Change of Heart.” On it Healy sings, “You said I’m full of diseases / Your eyes were full of regret / And then you took a picture of your salad / And put it on the Internet.”

Leor Galil

Price: sold out

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