MONDAYLEE RANALDO BAND The annual Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays kicks off at the Pritzker Pavilion today with a special appearance by Lee Ranaldo Band. Ranaldo is better known as the long-time guitarist and co-founder of Sonic Youth, and owner of probably the best song ("Walkin Blue") on Sonic Youth's likely last album together 2009's The Eternal. Ranaldo's 2012 solo effort Between the Times and the Tides offers the same experimental rock and pop that you would come to expect from Ranaldo, but that is never a bad thing. Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog will open. 6:00 p.m. Monday, 5/27. Pritzker Pavilion. All Ages. FREE.
TUESDAYRUNNING The first few seconds of Running’s brutal assault on the track “I Can’t Believe I’m Alive” – off last May’s Captcha Records release Asshole Savant – unleashes a powerful avalanche of pure love and joy. Which I’ll admit is an odd feeling to arise from noisy punk rock song; yet, somehow, when those beastly drum beats and throbbing bass lines are coupled with tortured vocals and shrieking guitars at breakneck speeds, all the chaos melts away into a double rainbow of epic proportions. Also appearing tonight are Torture Love and Broken Water. 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, 5/28. Empty Bottle. 21+ $8
WEDNESDAYDASTARDLY Our favorite folkers, Dastardly, have returned! This band of misfits will blast their rambunctiously playful tales of woe and whoa over the speakers for a good old fashioned hoedown. Also appearing tonight are the Cains & Abels, Teenage Rage, and Matthew Shelton. 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, 5/29. Township. 21+. $5.
THURSDAYELECTRIC HAWK Once upon a time, LLP’s cool uncle Ross Meyerson alerted us to the overall radness of math metal-ers Electric Hawk. The band brings the heavy, executing plenty of giant meanacing riffs, pulsing bass rhythms and thundering drum action with deadly precision. Also appearing tonight are Bear Claw, and Eric Chaleff and Bruce Lamont. 9:00 p.m. Thursday, 5/30. The Burlington. 21+ $7. By Audrey Leon \ 1 comment