Women, DD/MM/YYYY, Netherfriends | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Women, DD/MM/YYYY, Netherfriends Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Mon., Sept. 27, 8 p.m. 2010

There’s a jangly garage pop band hiding somewhere inside the Calgary group Women, but they only let it peek out occasionally, like on the instantly addictive “Black Rice” from their self-titled 2008 album. This is good, as there are probably enough straight-up jangly garage-pop bands out there for the time being. There aren’t enough bands that crash that kind of music head-on into artsy-angular punk—another facet that Women occasionally show—or into soundscapes a little too anxious to be called “ambient.” Women indulge the latter identity a bit more on their recent Public Strain (Jagjaguwar) than on their previous album: two tracks are given over almost entirely to distended drones, and even poppier songs like “Penal Colony” and “Venice Lockjaw” are drenched in reverb and sound washes that lend them a slightly creepy, compellingly enigmatic flavor. Those looking for more or less uncut jangle need to wait till the album closer, “Eyesore.” But the journey there is a rewarding one. —Miles Raymer

Price: $12, $10 in advance, 18+

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