Showcase: 3/16 @ Stubbs 10:15 p.m.
Party: 3/17 @ East Side Drive-In 6:15 p.m. (#Offline)
CoS Says: Chicago does it again. Garage-glam rockers Smith Westerns pull from half a dozen influences, but together, they create something boldly unreal. Wild distortion, spacey harmonies, and spiral guitar work set this band above the mucky indie waterline. While the band's debut may be hit or miss, their recent sophomore album, this year's Dye It Blonde, packages everything you'd ever want in a psychedelic rock record these days. MGMT, take note.