As 20th-century English novelists go, Illinois garage-rockers the Orwells might have gone with "the Burgesses" instead if it didn't have such a shitty ring to it. Considering the locker-bashing drums and knee-flexing guitar riffs, debut Remember When conjured up the boisterousness of Alex and his droogs in A Clockwork Orange. In 2013, the Orwells released two EPs, the second of which, Who Needs You, opened with the haymaker of a title track and continued with "Open Your Eyes" and "Salvation Is a Parking Lot," self-proclaimed "rip-offs" of the Misfits and Black Lips respectively. The band's second album, Disgraceland, promisingly produced by Dave Sitek and Chris Coady, is due out in June. With Chicago's Twin Peaks.
Wed., April 2, 6 p.m., 2014