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Concert review: Mindless Self Indulgence indulges fans at the House of Blues in Chicago, Wednesday, April 24

Concert review: Mindless Self Indulgence indulges fans at the House of Blues in Chicago, Wednesday, April 24
Written by Tyler Williamson
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Dressed head-to-toe in stark white and blitzing the House of Blues in Chicago with the incendiary "Witness," Little Jimmy Urine perfectly encapsulated Mindless Self Indulgence in his first 15 seconds on stage: "I am the best...fuck everybody else."

Playing to a crowd already in agreement, Jimmy doubled down with a literal dare in "Shut Me Up." The hyper-aware frontman never let up, playing Willy Wonka to a crowd of Oompa Loompas during the group's all-important single "Bring the Pain." The a cappella cover of Method Man's classic didn't need a word from our leader with the crowd proud to scream it for him.

However, in a move befitting the song that helped to break the band, a presidential red phone was brought to Jimmy's side prior the crowd's vocal takeover. Upon answering, Jimmy screamed at us all to "Shut up...I'm trying to talk to God here."

Of course, if too heavy, "Dicks Are for My Friends" certainly recalibrated the Peter Sellers-scale on the night -- the recent studio release "How I Learned to Stop Giving a Shit and Love MSI" wholesale admits fandom of the actor's satire, if not explaining an impetus for MSI's body of work.

A body of work including: a '95 EP done by the Brothers Euringer -- Jennifer "Kitty" Dunn only involved in the artwork, with Steve "Righ?" Montano's guitar only present on "Bed of Roses" -- "Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy," a testament to loving one's fans in eschewing industry norms with 30 tracks; and the establishment of Uppity Cracker, their own label, to achieve content freedom in releases ("Panty Shot" proved a tipping point for their former label). With Lyn-Z rounding out the present-day lineup in 2001 -- she's now tripled the time former touring bassist Vanessa YT logged -- Jimmy touted the band as everyone's "dirty little secret." Namely, "Ke$ha's...Skrillex's...and Jack White's."

The latest release dominated the set, with six new tracks featured. "Fuck Machine," far surpassing Prince's "Screwdriver" in actual quality and questionable titling, and "Ass Backwards," a hearkening back to golden-age rap, all hold their own amongst "Never Wanted to Dance" and "Planet of the Apes."

Regardless, no song is as anticipated at an MSI show as the post-show signing -- Jimmy roasts, Steve ogres, Kitty blushes and Lyn-Z avoids the ogling fanboys while snapping pictures and signing anything.

Coming back to a sea of "One more song," Jimmy donned a camouflage Minecraft helmet for "Straight to Video." While Lyn-Z, Steve and Kitty walked off, Jimmy cued the Vera Lynn, affording the diehards that essential hope: "We'll meet again...some sunny day."

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