A way to get a dirt-cheap education on some interesting names bouncing around Chicago’s venues these days, this show, headlined by The Names That Spell, features some up-and-coming local acts. The Names That Spell offer creatively cutesy, largely unpredictable art-pop, filled with harmonies and sporadic percussion. A bit more straightforward than Animal Collective, this band benefits from smooth vocal deliveries. Kellen & Me relies heavily on well-established pop sensibility; Jessica Hernandez offers glossed folk-pop with an elegant sweetness. Claire Stahlecker (pictured), who Newcity has covered before, has the sort of mainstream talent and musical grace to end up on 101.9 FM any day now. (Jarryd Scott seems to be the dud of this bill.) Overall, a pleasant and quiet evening. (Tom Lynch)
January 7 at Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee, (773)489-3160, at 8pm. $3-$5.