Known best as the former bandleader of Boston trio Karate, a post-rock act that called it quits in 2005, Geoff Farina has since launched an acoustic trio (Glorytellers) and collaborated with Chris Brokaw of Come and Codeine while teaching music history and theory at DePaul University.

Known best as the former bandleader of Boston trio Karate, a post-rock act that called it quits in 2005, Geoff Farina has since launched an acoustic trio (Glorytellers) and collaborated with Chris Brokaw of Come and Codeine while teaching music history and theory at DePaul University.

Farina formed Chicago power trio Exit Verse in 2013, and the band's sophomore release Grant No Glory, released late last month, may get lost in the mix of holidays and end-of-the-year lists, but that doesn't make a taut, politically charged rocker like "This Machine" any less urgent. (Safe bet)