Smith Westerns, Wampire

When: Thu., Aug. 15, 9 p.m. 2013

I can't be the only one surprised Smith Westerns are still around, let alone still making decent records. But this Chicago four-piece survived their growing pains and released Soft Will this year, an album that cribs from '70s glam and '80s new wave, but kills you with jagged hooks and big choruses. Smith Westerns have never necessarily been dangerous or challenging, instead relying on doing what they do well. That's not a backhanded compliment, either. These kids... err, men, know how to craft fantastic pop songs. It's something that often gets overlooked these days, but I get the feeling Smith Westerns will have the last laugh. MARK LORE

Price: $13-15

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