Teenage Chopshop brings catchy, upbeat rock songs to Gainesville

Teenage Chopshop performs Tuesday with And We Were Saints and The Blackout Heist at Mars Pub and Arcade. (Courtesy of Teenage Chopshop)

Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 12:47 p.m.

Since their arrival in Gainesville from Illinois a little less than a year ago, the pop/rock/folk quintet Teenage Chopshop has been turning some heads. Though they’ve mastered the pop structure to a “T,” the band uses it more as a background to their catchy, upbeat rock songs rather than as a crutch that overwhelms the listener.

The music is subtle and abrasive all at once but in a good way. It may come as a surprise that these folks haven’t garnered even more attention for their deft songwriting and spot-on production.

On Tuesday, the band plays a must-see show for any fan of strong musical prowess at Mars Pub and Arcade also featuring And We Were Saints, from Monroe, La., and The Blackout Heist from Houston. Music starts at 9 p.m.

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On Friday, High Dive hosts a local reggae-roots extravaganza featuring Steadfast, Ol Gumbo and The Irie Ones, starting at 9 p.m.

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DJ Kentucky Ultraviolet and DJ Shooga Cane team up for a local hip-hop show at the Civic Media Center, on Saturday starting at 8 p.m.

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The local pop-rock quartet, Black Box Jungle, performs with local slow-jam indie-rockers Moon Beard, psychedelic electronica artist Color TV and rockers Leela and the Rams in a free floor show on Saturday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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On Sunday, post-emo rockers Dikembe plays with local chanty indie rockers You Blew It!, punk rockers The Reptilian, local post-hardcore enthusiasts Frameworks and a slew of other like-minded bands at 1982, starting at 6 p.m.

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New York punk rockers Forgetters perform with Nashville’s Ramones-style punkers Diarrhea Planet, The Careeners and No More on Wednesday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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