When: Sat., Feb. 13, 6 p.m. 2016
Oh, the advantages of playing in a two-piece band. One, no need for a van. If you Tetris it right, you can probably fit all of your equipment in a Toyota Tercel and set out on a cross-country tour. Two, a greater split of the pot. The $50 you guys just got paid to play that youth-group community center in Moline looks a lot nicer cut in half than in fifths, doesn’t it? Three, there’s only one person to incessantly bicker with and torment. Because you can just pop in a Steely Dan cassette and ignore that asshole for hours. Two-piece bands are very often the red-headed stepchildren of the music community—probably viewed more as zany and playful rather than serious, ahem, “projects”—but for the past three years in Chicago, indie-rock- and punk-based duos have been getting a sliver of the spotlight, at least for a single weekend in February (this doesn’t count the “Power of Two” two-piece festival held at the defunct DIY space People Projects in 2007 and 2008). Two-Piece Fest Midwest is the spawn of Philly’s original Two-Piece Fest, begun by Peter Helmis and Craig Woods (of the band Peter & Craig) in 2008. That one is a much larger party than the Chicago version, which spent its first two years at ChiTown Futbol in Pilsen before slimming down quite a bit and splitting off this year into two manageable shows at Subterranean (it was initially designed as more of an all-day blowout fest). Chicago bands make up the bulk of the two bills and feature reverb-loaded, guy-and-gal garage-rock group the Funs, cozy and clean indie-pop duo Jack & Ace (featuring Braid’s Bob Nanna), and the bouncy yet noisy power-punk tandem Tinkerbelles. Out-of-towners include the sloppy and wistful hardcore dudes in Indiana’s Coma Regalia, math-rock extremists in Florida’s Jitters, and angular-punk-anthem composers Peter & Craig (Helmis comes from Philly, and Woods lives here now and has organized the Chicago version with the help of Dave Collis of Slow Mass). Check out http://www.twopiecefest.com for all of the two-piece details.
Price: $8, $13 two-day pass