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By Sarah Cobarrubias in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 9, 2012 3:00PM

2012_05_08_anykind.jpg Folk-pop act Any Kind is comprised of a handful of regulars from the local music scene: three members from This is Me Smiling and one from Inspector Owl, guys who move between bands often enough that it’s like Chicago’s music scene is their own personal swinger party.

It’s pretty clear from the first listen of their self-titled debut album that these kids have been playing together for a long time. They have a comfortable chemistry, more lo-fi, relaxed, and naturally flowing than what you’ll hear from This is Me Smiling. The album’s opening track, “Only Gonna Let You Down” is a good example, with sparse and scratchy guitar play, light drumming, and lyrics that follow the train of thought of a wary lover. The act also has a knack for infectious beats, like in “Never Seen Anyone Out There Like You” and “One More.” Take a listen for yourself—the album is free to stream or download through the band’s website :

ALBUM: Any Kind

You can experience Any Kind live when they play Subterranean June 21. They’ll be opening for The Big Sleep along with supporting act Light Foils. For now, watch this retro futuristic video for “Never Seen Anyone Out There Like You”:

Any Kind plays Thursday, June 21 at Subterranean, 2011 W North Ave, 8 p.m., $10, 17+