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the Jesus Lizard, Triclops! Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Sat., Nov. 28, 9 p.m. 2009

Monica Kendrick said something in the Reader's guide to the 2009 Pitchfork fest that turned out to be so spot-on it's worth repeating: "The Jesus Lizard is probably the only act at Pitchfork this year with the potential to be as grab-you-by-the-throat terrifying in front of an audience of 15,000 as they can be playing to a club crowd of 150." The band opened with "Puss," promptly bludgeoning into irrelevance the 11 years that'd passed since their previous Chicago show, and as guitarist Duane Denison ground out the first chords to the next tune, "Seasick," the audience—which I swear was sweating in anticipation despite the mild weather—collectively blew its load. Front man David Yow (showing his Chicago pride with a Hot Doug's T-shirt) lunged from the stage as far as his 48-year-old legs could propel him, hollering "I can swim! I can't swim!," and the crowd not only caught him but bunched up around him as everybody in reach tried to grab a piece. The air was full of pumping fists and sprays of overpriced beer, and it sounded like a few hundred people were singing along. When he stuck to the stage Yow displayed his usual combo of charisma and surliness, a perfect complement to the Jesus Lizard's brutally ugly but absolutely riveting noise rock. These guys were untouchable at Pitchfork—undeniably the highlight of the whole weekend—and I fully expect them to tear the roof off the Metro twice over. They'll be back on New Year's Eve—the band's last scheduled show—but then you'll just have to make do with the Touch and Go reissues of Pure, Head, Goat, Liar, and Down, which came out last month. Triclops! opens. See also Friday. —Kevin Warwick

Price: Sold out, 18+

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