Jookabox is on tour with their latest record, “Dead Zone Boys,” an album that’s full of synthesized spooks and spiritualism. Using layers of sonic mimicry, Jookabox borrows from urban hip-hop, glam-rock vocals and 1990s-era tricks. In “Don’t Go Phantom” it sounds as if a choir of Alvin’s chipmunks are leading a cheer. A rowdy sound with cuckoo calls and stamping feet, Jookabox brings you ghosts, zombies and a musical flair for the macabre; the subject: white flight in American cities. Each vocal part sounds like something belonging to an unstable and adolescent cartoon: playful, shrieking, dirty and driving vampire-mythos hormones. Underneath, the content is colder, “Well, you’re trash man don’t come?” a lyric snuck in between electric guitar riffs and giggles. (Caroline Picard)
January 17 at Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 8pm. $3.