The Pickpockets are an indie-rock band from Chicago. The band’s sound is influenced by British and American post-punk and indie music of the ’80’s and ’90’s, and over the last several years, the foursome has displayed its devout allegiance to tunefulness through its vigorous live shows. The Pickpockets’ self-released 2011 debut, By the Time We’re Through, permits a wider audience to appreciate the band’s pop aptitude. Over the album’s thirteen tracks, distinctive vocals relate indelible narratives while guitars alternately dignify and rub dirt on the agreeable melodies.
The band is made up of: Brian Baseggio (guitar/vocals), Allen Duarte (bass); Kiri Klawitter (vocals/keys); and Rob Sheehan (drums)
Since forming in Chicago in late 2001, they have played numerous shows around the city, including at the Humboldt Park Art Fair, Goose Island Wrigleyville, the (old) Bottom Lounge, Martyr’s, the Mutiny, Reggie’s Music Joint, South Union Arts, the Undergound Lounge, and the Elbo Room.