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The Orwells/The Waiters 

When: Fri., May 19, 9 p.m. 2017
Price: $18 ADV, $20 DOS
These garage rockers from Chicago have been compared to a number of high profile contemporaries such as the Strokes, the Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys, just to name a few. The Orwells have carved out their own niche over the past few years and established themselves as gritty troublemakers, which shouldn't be too surprising — lead singer Mario Cuomo has cited rap group Odd Future as an influence on the band. However, the Orwells have moved out of the garage a little bit on their third album Terrible Human Beings, as the band gets a little more clear-headed and more pop driven. The distorted guitar screech and two-note lead on "Heavy Head" is reminiscent of Pixies, while "Ring Pop" sounds Weezer influenced. The band has also promised to tone down some of its on-stage antics, like Cuomo frequently removing his pants during shows. Fellow Chicagoans the Walters will open the show. (Johnny Cook)


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