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Critics' Pick: Ratboys at Black Forge Coffee House

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[EMO] + WED., FEB. 28

Chi-town’s grittiest are back in the ’Burgh and ready to play songs with weird titles (like “Elvis is in the Freezer”), while you toss back an espresso beverage variant. I recommend Black Forge Coffee’s vanilla-lavender latte. If you don’t already know, Ratboys are a little bit of gorgeous indie rock meets heart-ripping emo — and its latest release, GN, feels like the band’s most focused album to date. The hooks on this thing are just plain toothy. When I first heard “Peter the Wild Boy” — a billowing song about childhood and royalty and innocence — I stopped dead in my tracks when the saccharine guitar evolved into a fuzzy wall of sound. Go ahead, sing along.

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