We have a great lineup of shows to share with you including Swimsuit Addition
at the Cole's, Taught Abroad
at the Burlington, Running
at The Owl and more.
Chicago sludge poppers Rodeo make a meal out of chunky guitar riffs that are steeped in a thick vat of classic rock au jus; unintelligible lyrics that are accompanied by ear-piercing screams, and heavily tenderized beats. It's always fun to catch the band in action. Also appearing tonight are folk rockers Burnside & Hooker, pop outfit Belleisle, and bluesy rockers DoubleDownNation (who actually predate the sandwich). (Audrey Leon
9:30 p.m. Friday, 3/29. Quenchers. 21+ $5.
Swimsuit Addition has long been one of my favorite in Chicago, and the band’s imaginary success arrow has been pointing up ever since they earned a rightful spot on our 12 Chicago Bands To Watch 2012 list. Their debut EP, Kittyhawk, is a killer five-song set that melds both sparkling guitar-led surf-pop with a edgy Riot grrrrl vibe that totally works. I’m more than anxiously awaiting a follow-up, which a little birdie told me the band might or might not recording soon perhaps with the genius recording minds behind The Peekaboo’s Stay Positive. Also appearing are Nothingheads
and Bike Cops
. (Richard Giraldi
10:00p.m. Saturday, 3/30. Cole's. 21+. FREE.
The first dramatic skips of organ notes on Taught Abroad's "Pieces of Parts," off the new EP Ripe Hours
, prepare the listener for the emotional journey ahead. Taught Abroad's main maestro Chris Sadek creates a perfect dramatic R&B dreamscape, which he pairs with piercing falsettos that would make Prince blush. Somehow Taught Abroad's electro-gaze collection manages to be both relaxing and yet, totally danceable. Sadek celebrates Taught Abroad's EP release tonight with fellow Chicagoans Brother George and Cross Record. (Audrey Leon
9:00 p.m. Saturday 3/30. Burlington. 21+ $7.
Chicago noise rockers Running are certainly no strangers to performing in tiny bars, having celebrated the release of their Captcha Records seven-inch, Asshole Savant
at the Rainbo Club. Now you can catch them tear it up inside Logan Square's hippest beer joint, The Owl, alongside Chicago art rockers Ono and Cleveland punk Obnox. Oh, yeah, and it's free. Everything's really coming up Milhouse. (Audrey Leon
9:30 p.m. Sunday, 3/31. The Owl. 21+ FREE! By Staff \ comments
After a short break last Friday, let's continue on with The Kickback's
SXSW Tour Video Diary, which in it's fifth day, it's nearing it's conclusion. The band stopped by the Chicago I Love You BBQ, take a dramatic time out, get a much needed massage (from a chair) and bid an emotional farewell to their manager Brian Foy before departing for Oklahoma and more. Enjoy:
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR_4dkWAIEY By Richard Giraldi \ comments
Spring has sprung and it feels just like winter. But that's OK, because the city doesn't stop moving and neither to do we. We have a great lineup of shows to share with you including Uh Bones
' record release party at Cole's, Videotape
at Township, the Twilight Sad
at the Rivieria and more.
It is generally pretty exciting when one of our 2013 Bands to Watch play shows around town, so we're damned excited for Uh Bones' record release party tonight. The group rock an especialy sweet brand of Brit-pop that should get your body moving enough to do the Time Warp in your undies. Opening the show are Chicago garage rockers Yolks and Cincinati's garage pop outfit Tweens. (Audrey Leon
9:00 p.m. Friday, 3/22. Cole's Bar. 21+ FREE!
Indie poppers Videotape create a relaxing dreamscape that is signature shoegaze, although somewhat darker in tone. The Chicago group mixes sweeping electronic background noises with light-as-cotton-candy pop harmonies and solemnly strummed guitars. On its Videotape EP the group’s sound lands somewhere between 90s vets Sneaker Pimps and Mazzy Star with its ghostly, empty Cathedral-esque atmosphere. Also appearing are Panda Riot
, Blackstone Rangers
and Hormones. (Audrey Leon
8:00 p.m. Friday, 3/22. Township. 21+. $7.
THE TWILIGHT SAD
It's hard to find a review of Scottish post-punks Twilight Sad that doesn’t mention how doom and gloom they seem. However, angst and depression are a major part of the Twilight Sad’s repertoire. The group fashions its take on music by greats like Joy Division and the Cure and turns it into sparkling epics that, yes, are dark and brooding, and at times, even slightly intimidating. Headlining tonight are Frightened Rabbit (Audrey Leon
7:30p.m. Saturday, 3/23. The Rivieria. All Ages. $21.
Swimsuit Addition has long been one of my favorite in Chicago, and the band's imaginary success arrow has been pointing up ever since they earned a rightful spot on our 12 Chicago Bands To Watch 2012 list. Their debut EP, Kittyhawk
, is a killer five-song set that melds both sparkling guitar-led surf-pop with a edgy Riot grrrrl vibe that totally works. I'm more than anxiously awaiting a follow-up, which a little birdie told me the band might or might not recording soon perhaps with the genius recording minds behind The Peekaboo's Stay Positive
. Also appear are Vamos
and Korea's Galaxy Express
. (Richard Giraldi
10:00 p.m. Sunday, 3/24. Township. 21+. FREE. By Staff \ comments
love to document their experiences either with photos or video as proved by their always entertaining "Deep Stuff" video diaries. And their new, official video is for the hypnotic psych groover, "Black Rolls Royce,"
from their latest release NAVKLIMEHTEVAS
. The clip is a dazzling, impressively put together collage of photos and videos from their many wild shows, tours and everyday occurrences. It's pretty rad to say the least. Check out it out below:
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIATmP3curw By Richard Giraldi \ comments
It's Day Four of The Kickback's
SXSW Tour Video Diary, and we finally get to SXSW's essence: a loud and energetic rock show. This time at night and with an incredibly acceptive crowd. Not to mention frontman Billy Yost does his best Eddie Vedder impersonation and tries to do a little stage stunt that leaves him a bit worse for wear. Enjoy:
httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyGyasjrtcw By Richard Giraldi \ comments