When: Sat., Feb. 2, 10 p.m. 2013
Chicago native Meghan Remy, aka U.S. Girls, warps and obscures her pop songs with electronics and noise: pitch-shifted vocals, chopped-and-screwed arrangements, wobbly and unstable melodies. Last year’s Gem (FatCat) often sounds like a battered, played-to-death cassette copy of a compilation of long-lost doo-wop cuts—you might be listening to a bunch of squeaky-clean coulda-been hits, except they’re all a little off, with some of the mixes submerged in distortion, some of the tempos slowed to a crawl, and some of the melodies cloaked in eerie ambience. Gem is a pop album through and through, but it’s Remy’s avant style that gives it that extra special something, making tunes such as the relaxed “Jack” and slightly shambolic “North on 45” so irresistible that you’d keep that cassette on repeat no matter how worn out it got. —Leor Galil Slim Twig and Mayor Daley open.