Thursday, May 18, at the Bottleneck.

Smoking Popes  

Thursday, May 18, at the Bottleneck.

Smoking Popes There's an intense, unspoken connection among fans of Smoking Popes that's not often seen outside frat houses and Freemason meetings. So when the Chicago foursome re-emerged in 2005, longtime devotees couldn't wait to see if the band would still be relevant seven years after its demise. Fortunately, it is. A live CD and DVD — recorded at Chi-town's infamous Metro — showcase the band's importance in the punk vernacular, even in a genre notorious for its limited attention span. What keeps the admirers coming back? It has to be singer Josh Caterer's lounge-act crooning. Offset by the rest of the band's guitar-driven melodies, Caterer sounds like the bastard child of Morrissey and Tom Jones — believe it or not, that's a good thing.

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