August 22

Baby Teeth, Xiao Yao

9 pm

Baby Teeth, Xiao Yao

Baby Teeth — Record Release Show

This is the music to which you fell in love, got married, got divorced, and had your first seven midlife crises. Since 2004, Baby Teeth have been dogged by the question, “Are they serious?” So, to get that out of the way, the answer is: Hell yes. And also… Who’s asking? And also… Who cares? And finally… You can be tragic and funny and melodramatic and funky and buoyant and depressive on the same album, right? Or, is that breaking the rules?

“Integration of FM-era pop, from glam to power pop, bandanna’ed cock-rock and New Romanticism, shouldn’t come this easy, or sound this good.” —Pitchfork

“It’s filthy, oily lounge glam with nods to the Bee Gees, Queen, and CCR popping up exactly where they shouldn’t, and the boys drive home the whole arch monstrosity with gut-wrenching sincerity.” —Chicago Reader

Xiao Yao (pronounced “she-ow ya-ow”) is the improvisational, free and easy wandering of Joshua Barnhart, Derek Becker, Jon Boyd, Rick Franklin (Detholz!), Matt Schwarz (Quasar Wut-Wut), and Stephen Paul Smoker (Smoker). Having all been raised on punk rock, their paths crossed on Route 66 when a shining light led them to an ancient Taoist translation of the Real Book. Their instruments began talking to each other in a variety of languages, and they embarked on a journey of interpreting the Now.

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