Skybox

Perhaps best described as rock'n'roll for the ADD set, Skybox packs an immeasurable amount of energy and musicianship into its short, wily tracks.

Perhaps best described as rock'n'roll for the ADD set, Skybox packs an immeasurable amount of energy and musicianship into its short, wily tracks. The Chicago-by-way-of-Phoenix quintet—fronted by 23-year-old Tim Ellis—self-released its first album, "Arco Iris," last year.

The fast-paced set weaves dark lyrical nuances through its mostly bouncy songs: check the weird pop of "Don't Get Spin Spin," or the tinkling piano keys of "Various Kitchen Utensils." One moment, Skybox's music calls to mind neo-folkie Devendra Banhart, while at the next, it sounds like the atmospheric rock of Muse. Ellis says he's written around 40 songs since releasing "Arco Iris," and those in Chicago can hear some firsthand on Dec. 5 at the Empty Bottle.