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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Wednesday To-Do: Pontiak

Posted By on Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Pontiak plays at Vino's Wednesday.
  • Pontiak plays at Vino's Wednesday.


PONTIAK
8 p.m., Vino's.

My buddy John had this deal where if you were in, he'd say you were "from the farm." Basically, it was his shorthand for indicating that somebody was a solid dude.

I don't know these guys in Pontiak from Adam, but man, it just seems like they're from the farm. And not just because they're three brothers who play in a band together and are actually from farms in Virginia. They also make some righteous and refreshingly unpretentious psychedelic rock music as well. They've released several discs via Chicago tastemakers Thrill Jockey. I checked out some tunes off of 2012's "Echo Ono," which included heroic doses of Midwest heavy psych a la The MC5 ("Lions of Least"); throbbing drone dirges ("Left with Lights," "Royal Colors"); blissed out folk ("The Expanding Sky") and various points in between.

The brothers have a new album out this year, called "Innocence," and it promises another step out into uncharted territory, including the triumphant acoustic ballad "Wildfires." Super killer stuff, do not skip this.

Also performing: local bruisers Peckerwolf and Black Horse.

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