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Local Bands Gather at Beat Kitchen Tomorrow to Make "Noise for Toys"

By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 15, 2011 10:00PM

2011_12_15_noise_for_toys.jpg This is the season of Toys for Tots and tomorrow night's "Noise for Toys" concert at Beat Kitchen is shaping up to be a huge fundraiser for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign, as well as a solid night of local indie rock.

Headlining the bill is State and Madison, which unabashedly mines sugary sweet pop music territory with relish. Joining them are Chicagoist faves Archie Powell and the Exports. Tankboy wrote of them last year, "when they snag a T. Rex riff you find yourself smiling along at the band's wink as they turn it on its head and slam it into a rave-up of a chorus."

The Noise FM's keyboard and beat-driven sound bring to mind Spoon and early Radiohead, with an emphasis on melody. The Scissors effortlessly blend pop and punk together in a forceful mélange. All four bands will be performing seasonal cover songs in their own peculiar ways.

Folks who bring a packaged and unwrapped toy to tomorrow night's 17+ show will receive half-off admission. Don't want to bring a toy? Buy your tickets online.