After the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that brought Nepal to its knees this April, the world witnessed an outpouring of humanity’s generosity; and now Chicago will see even more of it, up close. Albatross, one of the top alt-rock bands from hard-hit Kathmandu (they won both Best Performance by a Group or a Duo with Vocals and Best Rock Vocal Performance at the Hits FM Awards in Nepal last year), is now on a tour of ten U.S. cities to raise funds for earthquake relief programs. Influenced by international groups like Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters, the four-man rock band, formed in 1998, aims most of their songs (such as “Ma Ra Malai” and “Farki Farki”) at their frustration with the political situation in Nepal. Though we may not all speak the same language, when it comes to music there is no limitation on communication; and Albatross demonstrates this with rock music from the other side of the world that gets your feet tapping and your head banging. You’ll also be helping those who still don’t have proper clothes to wear, food to eat or clean water to drink. That’s the power of music. Jai Nepal! (Nirajan Khadga)
September 17 at Reggies Rock Club, 2105 South State, (312)949-0120. $18-$23, 21+.