Relevant Hairstyles, Clark Stereo

Relevant Hairstyles

Clark Stereo

Desert Liminal

Thu, August 10, 2017

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL


Relevant Hairstyles
Relevant Hairstyles
I've seen Relevant Hairstyles three times now, all by accident, and I'm still not sure how to describe them. I can't decide if they're Chicago's best-kept secret or its worst-publicized manifesto, but either way I think I'm starting to getting hooked. The band never seems to have the same number of people, or even to have more than one or two of the same members, but there's some essential “truthiness” that hits me hard every time. Sometimes raucous, sometimes quiet, sometimes spoken word-y and sometimes instrumental jam-y, but always revelatory and, yes, relevant. Usually fronted by a mysterious, shamanistic beat-nut and backed by at least one female vocalist and an assortment of thrift-store sidemen, they sometimes give me an early Fall-ish vibe, though somehow more naked and guileless – perhaps a less druggy, less misanthropic Country Teasers is more accurate, but that's selling them a little short too. The smatterings of online recordings I've managed to dredge up are intriguing, alternately naïve/ramshackle and world-wise, but don't do justice to the real-deal energy these guys bring live.

When I caught them at the Hideout last fall opening for the party-trashing duo Quintron & Miss Pussycat, there was a shared openmouthed feeling in the crowd during the Hairstyles' set that we'd all witnessed something unsettling and special, even if we couldn't quite lay a finger on what it was. There's something good happening with this band, or as Gertrude Stein might have said, “There is a there there.”

– Juniata Pierce, MELT

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642