Center on Halsted Benefit! – Tickets – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL – February 26th, 2017

Center on Halsted Benefit!

Kickstand Productions Presents!

Center on Halsted Benefit!

The Island of Misfit Toys, Annabel, Jolly Korea, Dingus., She/Her

Sun, February 26, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is 17 and over

The Island of Misfit Toys
The Island of Misfit Toys
The Island of Misfit Toys may be the most aptly named band in Chicago. A ragtag bunch of munchkins and creepers, they'll beat you in a game of Strip Red Rover and then blast you in the face with a trumpet solo. Their sound is a grab bag of amalgamated indie pop styles and hurt feelings. Some music is described as being, "bipolar," because it contains dramatic dynamic changes. The Island of Misfit Toys might actually be medicated.

Ranging in age from 17 to 20 something, The Island of Misfit Toys feature a van-busting lineup of players and instruments. Every sound smashes up against another and virtuosic playing is shrugged off with the casual air of someone who only cooks microwavable food. TIoMT are independent music's answer to The Lost Boys in Hook (though with slightly better style and fewer skateboards). Tootles lost his marbles and Anthony Sanders might have too. There's no other way to explain the head spinning mix of sounds, styles, and cathartic release. The Island of Misfit Toys are what it would sound like if Max Bemis (of Say Anything fame) started an orphanage for wayward band geeks. That's a good thing.
On appearances alone, Akron, Ohio's Annabel could be any modest midwestern rock band—scrawny, bespectacled, with grins as permanent as their tattoos. A similar innocence might be perceived in their songs, in guitars that jingle and a bass that romps puppy-like, in vocals that compete with the music like a little brother for attention. But subsequent listens will reveal Annabel to be a band whose elements tangle into something complex and complete. Indeed, Having It All feels orchestral at times, with guitars that intertwine and sometimes collapse into harmonic hums. The sticky chords on "The Fortunate Ones," for example, are wrenched around by a stubborn drumbeat until a quiet chorus, during which singer Ben Hendricks warbles beneath the thrumming rhythm and whispering organ; toward the end, though, that quiet chorus rises into a roar during which melody burns white hot and the instruments, indistinguishable, melt into a pummeling progression. At no point does this complexity weigh the album down; instead, Annabel's third full-length (and first with Tiny Engines since 2010's Here We Are Tomorrow) feels joyful. The toms on "The Importance of Disappointment" bob with a rubber bounce, skip beneath guitars that spiral and spin like melodic mandalas. Even songs like the distant "Days In Between" and "How To: A Self-Help Guide," whose acoustic strokes chop through spectral wisps, don't sound like sad songs; instead, they serve as breathers, counterbalance the songs that seem breathless. This busyness doesn't make Annabel any less modest; their music still possesses some pastoral, midwestern appeal. It's just that their seeming simplicity, however sweet, may be more plentiful than it appears.
Jolly Korea
Jolly Korea
Jolly Korea is a 5 piece rock group from Chicago, IL. They are fronted by Eugene Kalsted, dual guitar work supplied by Peter Nafziger and Kevin Kalal, Roger Connelly on bass guitar, and Matt Nafziger behind the drum kit.
Venue Information:
Beat Kitchen
2100 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60618

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