Blending accessible indie sensibilities with jagged melodies and head-spinning musicianship, Chicago four-piece Spirits Having Fun invite comparisons to avant-rock greats Deerhoof, former Athens standouts Mothers and any number of prog-minded pop forebears. The band released its debut full-length, Auto-Portrait, June 28, featuring twitchy, memorable tunes like “Gift Shopping” and “Electricity Explorer,” both of which showcase the group’s playful, polyrhythmic approach. Spirits Having Fun play Go Bar Friday with locals Locate S,1, aka of Montreal associate Christina Schneider; math-pop crew Art Contest; and experimental outfit Realistic Pillow.
SPIRITS HAVING FUN Jagged, melodic math-pop group from Chicago. See Calendar Pick on p. 9.
CHRISTINA SCHNEIDER The leader of buzzy local pop group Locate S,1 plays a solo set.
REALISTIC PILLOW Local beat-based experimental one-man band.
ART CONTEST Local math-rock group with propulsive rhythms and intricate melodies.