Franz Ferdinand + Frankie Rose
Event Info: (773) 472-0449 victheatre.com
A decade onward from its debut single, Franz Ferdinand still dazzles with taut and rough disco rhythms, scratchy guitars, wry sex talk. The Scottish band slayed at Lollapalooza 2012, giving an early taste of new songs "Right Action" and "Bring Me Your Love (Scarlet and Blue)," and effortlessly slipping into a Donna Summer cover. Alex Kapranos, a Dorian Grey of indie dance-rock, is a tenured professor of pop—somehow he's over 40, though still a fashion figure in tight slacks and pointed Italian shoes. Kaparanos describes his group's new batch of tunes as “The Intellect vs. the Soul, played out by some dumb band.” He has a way with words (his food writing is particularly sharp). A Franz show is still relentless joy. God, we've missed them. After the expansive, nocturnal and seedy Tonight, the group gets back to big, bright hooks. "Right Action" and "Love Illumination" are simply massive. With each ticket purchased, fans receive a digital download of the quartet's new album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, delivered August 27.