When events like this weekend’s Intonation Festival proliferate, so do the official and unofficial post- and pre-parties. Chicago dance-rock quartet The Dirty Things headline one of these happenings at Sonotheque with their hook-line-and-sinker approach to the genre. While they’re compared to The Rapture and Franz Ferdinand, Michael Scahill and Joshua Lohr have been at it for much longer than either of them. With cohorts Johnny Mick and Paddy Ryan, they blend pulsating guitar rhythms with searing riffs to accomplish a cohesive throwback to the dance and rock singles of the seventies and eighties (those guilty pleasures that only your MySpace page dares to talk about). Whether you call it post-punk or art party, this band’s aiming for the dancefloor, so if you’re on it, get ready for the dirty. (John Alex Colón)
June 23 at Sonotheque.