Lest you think the Midwest's tradition of jazzy, proggy, emotive rock is dead, Yourself and the Air will carry the torch Thursday at The Basement. The youthful Chicago quartet is steeped in a lineage including the likes of Cap'n Jazz and Aloha, bands that refused to choose between forgoing a punk aesthetic or letting those music theory classes go to waste.

Lest you think the Midwest's tradition of jazzy, proggy, emotive rock is dead, Yourself and the Air will carry the torch Thursday at The Basement. The youthful Chicago quartet is steeped in a lineage including the likes of Cap'n Jazz and Aloha, bands that refused to choose between forgoing a punk aesthetic or letting those music theory classes go to waste.

It's not a strictly regional sound, of course. Shades of Death Cab color Yourself and the Air's breakout single "Sick Days," a groovy, textural ditty that's heavy on the introspection but feels light as air.

Local band Ease the Medic will kick things off.