Despite their geographical separation, Chicago's the Ponys and Minneapolis's France Has the Bomb have more in common than their gleefully frantic noise rock. Not only do both bands proudly wear their garage-rock roots and post-punk influences on their sleeves, but their primary songwriters—Jered Gummere and Srini Radhakrishna—grew up in Bloomington, Illinois, and played together in the Guilty Pleasures. Later on, it was as an opener for the Ponys (then a hot property appearing with the likes of Dinosaur Jr. and Spoon) that Radhakrishna's act got its start at the Entry. Gummere and his band, which includes wife Melissa Elias on bass, took a break from performing the past couple of years, but when they decided to get back together last fall they chose to do so on a bill with none other than FHTB. Tonight, these two old friends will add yet another chapter to their ongoing, if unlikely, history. With Bombay Sweets and... More >>>