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Team Sleep

Sunday, July 17; Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)

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Even if you don't like the Deftones, you might consider checking out Chino Moreno's other band, Team Sleep. With it, he and high school friend Todd Wilkinson leave behind chugga-chugga heaviness in favor of explorative and trance-y pop delights. Although the group's self-titled debut is little more than above average, there are some great moments and evocative moods -- picture early Catherine Wheel toying with trip-hop -- that ultimately make it worth checking out. It remains to be seen how well Moreno and crew will be able to translate this very studio-based album into a live setting, but the odds are good -- considering that he has people like the unstoppable Zach Hill (of Hella fame) backing him up on drums.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 to $15; call 618-274-6720 for more information.

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