You know, I might say Township, unassumingly, became a favored spot for me to hear live music in the city in a matter of weeks.
Last month I made it out to the venue for the first time for Mawrcrest and The Noise FM, and then hastily filed the evening’s headliner, Archie Powell & The Exports, in my To Certainly Follow Up On Bin. Last night was for opener The Runnies, and once again the bill had me securing more room in ye olde cataloging case for headliner Post Honeymoon. Their hyper drony goods pressed deep in my bones and just hung out in there for awhile. So comfy.
Perhaps I’m smitten with another venue, or perhaps its bookers know how to stack a deck. The Runnies/Nervous Curtains/Post Honeymoon triplicate made good good sense.
I’ve only recently diverted attention to The Runnies (first mention and follow up mention), and hot damn am I delighted to be on board. These guys make great fuss in relation to their size (a pile of three) and, gosh, ringleader Mary McKane is absolutely the group’s esteemed boon. Like she is with the freshly tagged Pitchfork handpick Outer Minds, Mary punches at your eyeballs in the best way. Just a package of affecting zing from behind her neat wall of keys.
The evening’s surprise, though, was Post Honeymoon. They’re at once quirky and fascinating and weird, and their big pumps of shoegazy throbs just rope you in and then smack you around. They’re probably one of the more unique groups I’ve seen live all year.
This one’s super nifty:
- The Chicago-based Post Honeymoon is Rachel Shindelman Kraska and Nick Kraska. | Facebook
- Post Honeymoon’s got all sorts of music on the interwebs. | Bandcamp
- The Runnies do, too. Check out Candy Dinner for a pay-what-you-want download of their late 2011 release, You Can’t Win. | Candy Dinner
- The Runnies open for The Cave Singers tonight at Schubas. By now you’re there if you’ve already bought tickets. This one’s sold out. (I wanna go…) | Event Info
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