Coupleskate’s 2009 record “Don’t Scare the Horses” finds its way into my personal rotation probably more often than it really should, as it soothes the ache I get every six weeks to bathe myself in all-girl alt-rock. (Does that sound disgusting? I think that might sound disgusting.) The Chicago four-piece constructed one hell of a mish-mash of lush pop numbers and punk-influenced frenzies. Coupleskate layers its material methodically and douses it with reverb; the feel is nostalgic, the emotion is real. Singer and guitarist Andrea Bauer makes the most of her primed-for-indie voice and stays ahead of the band’s thunder—in the quieter moments, the sound of the pieces all coming together is serene. I expected Coupleskate to play out a lot more than it did after “Horses” was initially released. I’m glad to see the band hitting the stage again, on this night at Hideout and again in June at Double Door. (Tom Lynch)
May 28 at Hideout, 1354 West Wabansia, (773)227-4433, 10pm. $8.