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Walking Bicycles, Plastic Crimewave Sound, My Gold Mask Recommended Free Soundboard

When: Mon., Dec. 1, 9 p.m. 2008

Since moving to Chicago from the misty verdure of Arcata, California, Walking Bicycles have made themselves at home, in part by starting a label, Highwheel Records, whose roster includes La Scala and Unicycle Loves You. Their hooky, restless postpunk—mightily focused on the 2006 EP Disconnected by the efforts of Brian Deck and Steve Albini—has a sharp big-city bite and savory whiffs of Wire, Pixies, and early Siouxsie. Since that recording, founding members Jocelyn Summers (vocals, percussion) and Julius Moriarty (guitar, vocals) and Chicago addition Jason Leather (bass) have found a permanent drummer, Johnny Mars, and tonight is a release party for their first full-length, ¿Go? (High­wheel), ten tight, spiky, beautifully paced tracks that glow with what sounds like the sheer joy of playing. The album comes out December 16, but copies will be available at the show. —Monica Kendrick

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