Happy Halloween, folks! And a good Jesusween to all you lil angels. We’ve got a packed weekend again with JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound combining forces with White Mystery tonight at the Double Door and Mannequin Men making plans to tear it up at the Empty Bottle tomorrow night.
Let's not waste anymore time. Allons-y!
JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound have a new record out titled Want More
, and based on what we've seen
, it's everything you imagined it to be and more. This means, of course, it's a fun and funky listen than seamlessly melds classic Chicago soul with indie rock tendencies. Tonight is the album release show at the Double Door, so you know it's going to be on hell of a time especially considering also on the bill are the mighty White Mystery
. (Richard Giraldi
9:00 p.m. Friday, 10/28. Double Door. 21+. $10-$12.
All the coolest local bands seem to be playing the Burlington lately. And Chicago dream poppers Distractions are the perfect fit. I once called them the ultimate modern lounge act due to their big sound that comes equipped with a piano and horn section. It doesn’t hurt that singer Tom Owens’ deep crooning vocals swoop in to whisk you off to sensual beachfront vacation on the toe-tappin’ jam such “We Were Better Off in the Rain.” Distractions will be joined by fuzzed-up indie rockers House Sounds
and Kansas City’s atmospheric poppers Minden
. (Audrey Leon
9:00 p.m. Friday, 10/28. The Burlington (3425 W. Fullerton Ave). 21+ FREE!!!!
SPOOKFEST: 3-D Rock & Roll Monster Party
Yes, it's a good ol' fashion 3-D Rock & Roll Monster Party at the Viaduct Theatre tonight. There will be bands, art, video games, baked good a petting zoo...well, wait...scratch that last one. Set to rock late into the night are power girrrrls Swimsuit Addition, phuny post-punkers T'Bone, garage poppers The Runnies and much more. On a sadder note, tonight's Spookfest also brings about the end of Earth Program as you currently know it as the band will go separate ways. They're calling it a "hiatus," but that;s never a good word. Anywho, tonight they will still rock, so lets "Get Bored!" one last time, shall we? (Richard Giraldi
9:30 p.m. Friday, 10/28. Viaduct Theatre. 18+. $7 w/ costume. $10 w/out.
The Oak Park native and one-half of brother/sister duo Fiery Furnaces returns to Chicago to promote her first solo album Last Summer
. The whole record is covered in Friedberger’s light-as-air pop and filled with as much sunshine and bouncy beats as one would expect summer to sound like. Need more convincing? Check out her single "My Mistakes
." Not to mention, Friedberger’s golden, smoky voice is reason alone to catch her on stage. Joining Friedberger on Saturday is Chicago’s own melodic indie rockers Pet Lions
8:30 p.m. 10/29. Subterranean. 17+ $12.
Hot of the heels of their super rad new LP, Mannequin Men
, Chicago's anti-dubsteppers Mannequin Men hit the Empty Bottle on Saturday night to play Football. Whoops. I mean play WITH Football, and their rowdy, punky take on indie rock. Lest we forget the sweet, sweet smile-pop of Outer Minds and the twisted guitar workings of Coffin Picks. (Richard Giraldi
9:00 p.m. Saturday, 10/29. Empty Bottle. 21+. $10.
PILLARS & TONGUES
It’s not Halloween until someone breaks out the Harmonium. Luckily for all of us, hypnotic folk quartet Pillars & Tongues have one and, boy, do they know how to use it. The chicago band entrances and delights audiences with its slow, methodical atmospheric rhythms and ghostly low, rumbling wails. If you need more convincing on the type of captivating live act Pillars & Tongues can be, check out my review from May
. Pillars & Tongues will open, This is Cinema
headlines. (Audrey Leon
8:00 p.m. Sunday, 10/30. Panchos. 18+ $5. By Audrey Leon \ comments