Music can soothe one’s fiery temper, propel a rousing dance, or distract a roommate long enough so you can sell his television at a pawnshop. Experience the stunning power of sound with today's GrouponLive deal: for $8, you get two general-admission tickets to see The Capstan Shafts and 12 Dirty Bullets, with opening act Machine Gun Mojo, at Ultra Lounge on Wednesday, September 21, at 8 p.m. (up to a $12 value before fees, or up to a $15.30 value including all fees).
The indie-rock brigade of The Capstan Shafts charges forth on its latest tour, armed with enough rations of infectious pop nuggets to fatten the world. After growing tired of wearing synthesizer shoes and drumming with his nose, former one-man band and human song-factory Dean Wells has recruited a crew of rhythm-section mercenaries to flesh out melodies and suppress fits of beatboxing. The Capstan Shafts carries the torch of such lo-fi godfathers as Guided by Voices and R. Stevie Moore without the baggage of accents or liver failure, as they bust out a bottomless trough of short-attention span anthems and 90-second toe tappers. London's 12 Dirty Bullets rides side-saddle on the melody express, pulling punches with cocky cockney rock that inhabits the folds of the mind like a squatting mnemonic device, and Chicago’s own Machine Gun Mojo serves up genre-hopping mutations of folk rock.