SAINTSENECA, VIKESH KAPOOR, BATTLEHOOCH
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article about Saintseneca.
RÜFÜS DU SOL, AIRSPORTS, MIRACLES CLUB
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Australian-based indie-dance trio Rüfüs du Sol plays energetic, life-pumping music that's not only a perfect bouncy fit for your butt, but also your head. Their hit "Desert Night" is clean and accessible, without being overproduced, and it's just the kind of keyboard-driven electronica that will hypnotize you onto the dance floor. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
NAOMI PUNK, THE FUNS, US HARD
(Discourage Records, 1737 SE Morrison) Given their uncompromising courage in helping to foster a music scene in the face of resistance, it's rather fitting that the Funs hail straight from the Heartland. Formed by Jessee Rose Crane and Philip Jerome Lesicko in St. Louis back in 2008, the duo quickly relocated to Chicago, where they honed their loud and fuzzy art-punk in basements and warehouses, battling police shutdowns nearly every step of the way. The Funs recently left the city for greener pastures, setting up shop at an abandoned house in Southern Illinois from which Lesicko nurtures his lo-fi cassette label, Manic Static, and the two play host to touring bands in need of sanctuary. The group's self-titled debut is chockfull of menacing guitar chugs, steady drumming, and infectiously scrappy vocals, giving the album a blown-out sound that's fully capable of producing delicately crafted, anthemic moments. CHIPP TERWILLIGER