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Preview: Pianos Become the Teeth at Beat Kitchen Nov. 1

photo credit: Evan Dell

I really wanted to see Pianos Become the Teeth when they were in town for Riot Fest. I remember discovering their album "The Lack Long After" a few years ago and spending a few months obsessed with it. It was at a time when I found myself craving something new but similar to bands such Thrice, Silverstein, Boysetsfire, and most of the bands that were all about.

At Riot Fest, Pianos Become the Teeth played against Mastodon and the weather was awful, so I didn't make it. I figured that I'd see them when they came back to town probably in a few months, arguing to myself that I'd rather see them in a smaller club setting than outside in the bitter cold rain and mud of that night in Humboldt Park. It looks like that may have paid off as they're playing an intimate show at Beat Kitchen this Saturday in celebration of their new album which just came Tuesday, Keep You.

From what I've heard so far, Keep You reminds me a lot of La Dispute's latest album, Rooms of the House or maybe even a little bit of Thrice's Vheissu in that these albums are a slight retreat from thunderous drum breakdowns and growling vocals. That intensity stays intact, but has been refocused into experimentation and unflinching introspection.

Pianos Become the Teeth - Repine

Pianos Become the Teeth - I'll Be Damned

We're giving away a pair of tickets to see Pianos Become the Teeth for free. Into it? All you need to do is email us at with the subject line "Pianos" [Update: We have a winner. Congrats David!] and we'll pick a winner by 5pm today to go to the show with a friend.

Pianos Become the Teeth play this Saturday night, Nov. 1, at Beat Kitchen (2100 W. Belmont Ave.) This is a 17+ show and doors are at 10 with things getting started around 10:30. Gates and Frameworks both fill out the lineup. If you're into it, tickets are $12 and can be grabbed here.

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