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Concert Tue Nov 13 2007

Chicago Gets Out on the Dance Floor

Indie kids, so often constrained to standing and toe-tapping at shows, are finally given the chance to dance the restlessness out this weekend when the Rx Bandits and Men, Women, & Children play the Metro. Rx Bandits promise to provide a good skank for all those dying to let loose to the syncopated sounds of trombones. After a 3 year dry spell, the Bandits were back last October with a new album, a new label, and plenty of energy to catapult them through Bamboozle, Bonnaroo, and a bi-costal tour. The new album, …And the Battle Begun, a refreshingly mature ska work, should provide for, as bassist Joe Troy describes on the Rx blog, a “sweaty, sweet…and succulent” night.

Post-Glassjaw dance-punk projects strike again (see: Head Automatica), this time in the form of ex-guitarist Todd Weinstock’s new band Men, Women, & Children, opening for Rx Bandits on their East Coast and Midwest slots. They have been touring heavily in support of their self-titled debut, released last year, the Bandits being the most recent mainstay they have paired up with. There has been the promise of a few new tracks, but it may be worth it to arrive on time to an already early scheduled all-ages Metro show just to hear “Dance In My Blood”, a conglomeration of techno-beats and guitar riffs that succeeds at neither but still results in the most upbeat of dance tunes.

Rx Bandits, MWC @ Metro, 11/16
Doors open at 5:30, show begins at 6. Tickets are $14 adv/$16 day of show.
Also appearing are two Chicago locals: Nurses and, for the Chicago night only, Maps & Atlases.

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Our Final Transmission Days

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