MONDAYNETHERFRIENDS Longtime fans of one time Chicago-based psychedelic-pop musician Shawn Rosenblatt, better known as the brainchild of Netherfriends, should probably know about his ambitious project from a couple of years ago to write and record a song in all 50 states. I thought that last year's very solid, Middle America, would represent his method of delivery for songs from that project - i.e. release a few at a time as a collection of sorts. But I was dead wrong as Rosenblatt recently unveiled the massive project as 50 Songs 50 States, which is exactly what it sounds like. The entire album is available to pre-oder right now at Netherfriends.us ahead of it's official release date of July 4. Also appearing are Jamaican Queens and Charlatan. (Richard Giraldi) 9:00 p.m. Monday, 5/20. The Empty Bottle. 21+. FREE.
TUESDAYJC BROOKS AND THE UPTOWN SOUND And now for something a little different. Soul rockers JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound will celebrate the release of their new album Howl all week and they start today (Tuesday, May 21) with a free jam session and Q&A at Saki in Logan Square, as part of Saki's new monthly series "Off the Record," presented in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The event sounds like a blast and, really, there's no better way to hear JC Brooks & The Uptown wail than live and in person. If you can't make it to Saki, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound will also have a legit record release party at Mayne Stage on Saturday, May 25. (Audrey Leon) 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, 5/21. SAKI. FREE!
WEDNESDAYVELCRO LEWIS GROUP Funky psych rockers The Velcro Lewis Group are returning to the scene with a new album Open the Sky due in August out on Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. Velcro Lewis Group blends heart-wrenching soulful vocals [provided expertly by co-vocalists Velcro Lewis (AKA Andy Slater) and Hawk Colman] with groovy, old school R&B flavor. No matter what the band does, they always bring the party. Also appearing tonight are hardcore outfit Broke N Ugly and psych rockers Dead Feathers. Austin's Scorpion Child will headline. (Audrey Leon) 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, 5/22. Double Door. 21+. $8-10.
THURSDAYARCHITECTURE Dreamy, lush, pensive – all of these descriptors work for Architecture’s brand of pop. The local duo, comprised of Melissa Harris and Rebecca Scott (also of shoegazers Panda Riot), really impressed contributor Joseph Montes (read his review here) and I with their debut EP, when we we’re young. And the band continue their reign as one of Chicago's most aurally provocative bands with their new-ish 7", diamond mind, that's still available to order via their Bandcamp. Also appearing are Landmarks and Father Costume.(Richard Giraldi) 9:00 p.m. Thursday, 5/23. The Burlington. 21+ $7. By Staff \ comments