Unrest, True Love Always, Bossanova, MC Patrick Bryant | Cat's Cradle | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Unrest, True Love Always, Bossanova, MC Patrick Bryant

When: Sun., July 11, 8:45 p.m. 2010

Other bands better represent the political and socioeconomic underpinnings of the American post-punk (as in, after punk rock) underground. But when it comes to exemplifying the creative spirit that drove that particular engine, there aren't many groups better than Unrest. The group began as a catch-all outfit where Teenbeat Records head Mark Robinson and friends got to muck around with post-punk (as in, after Gang of Four), hardcore, funk, bubblegum pop and whatever else they could get their hands on, for better or worse. One minute, they offered an interminable spoken-word piece about Sammy Davis Jr.; the next, they offered a not-unfaithful cover of "21st Century Schizoid Man." On 1991's Imperial F.F.R.R., the kitchen-sink shenanigans suddenly stopped. Instead, the trio (Robinson on guitar, with drummer Phil Krauth and bassist Bridget Cross) perfected an aesthetic that focused Robinson's rampant eclecticism into skittish pop tunes, their sweetness seasoned with just the right amount of bitter. It's this configuration that's reuniting in honor of Teenbeat's 26th anniversary. While songs like "Cherry Cream On" and "Isobel" are what most people think of when remembering Unrest, it's the group's entire body of work—warts and all—that's worth celebrating. With Bossanova and True Love Always. —David Raposa

Price: $15

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