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The thaw has begun, so snow is no longer a valid reason keeping you away from live music. There are lots of great shows this weekend, quite a few of them going on tonight. Decisions, Decisions. These things are never easy, so we'll help you and give our picks for top weekend shows. This time around, we talk Dick Wolf!
at the Viaduct Theatre
, Gang Of Four
at the Metro
, Bleeding Hearts Arts Fest
Let's get to it, shall we?
Remember how Chicago tap-rockers Dick Wolf! had that big record release party all lined up last week? Then Snowbama rolled through and shows dropped like flies? Well, y'all survived and as a reward there's this here new and improved (and relocated) record release party. You've had plenty of time to digest my review of their latest vinyl release
, so I'll just say you should see these guys. Like for real. Local alt-rockers Geronimo!
and indie outfit Audiences
will also be playing, so you're musical needs will be well covered. (Ross Meyerson
10:00 p.m. Friday, 2/11. Viaduct Theatre. 17+. $7.
GANG OF FOUR
There are only a handful of bands that began in the 1970s that still manage to be just as great as they were back then. Influential British post-punks Gang of Four are easily one of those acts. The band hits up the Metro in support of its latest album Content
, but most know the four-piece for its funky, dance rock masterpiece 1979’s Entertainment
. Throw on “Damaged Goods” or “At Home He’s a Tourist” and boogie all the down to Clark Street. (Audrey Leon
7:00 p.m. Friday, 2/11. The Metro. 18+. $28.50.
GRAPE JUICE RECORDS SHOWCASE
Nothing says fun like a great showcase of local bands brought to you by a great up-and-coming local label does it? Didn't think so. Tonight's Grape Juice Record Showcase at the Subterranean will be one not to miss. You've got charming lo-fi poppers Chaperone
, bouncy indie folk group John Drake & The Shakes
, melancholy folk songstress Rachele Eve
and indie-pop, singer-songwriter Julie Meckler
. Go support your local artists and the labels that support them. You know you want to. (Richard Giraldi
8:30 p.m. Friday, 2/11. Subterranean. 21+. $8.
GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC
Make my funk the P-Funk I wants to get funked up. I shouldn’t have to say more than that, but since I must... There’s no better showman on Earth than George Clinton, whether you’ve seen him in the films “House Party” or the cult classic “PCU” – which starred such fresh-faced actors like David Spade, Jeremy Piven and Jon Favreau – he and his band of misfits can still get crowds fired up with their wild stage show and hits like “Atomic Dog” and “Give Up The Funk.” There’s nothing than can stop a P-Funk party, not even cutting the electricity. True story. Chicago funk and jazz trio Spare Parts
will open. (Audrey Leon
7:30 p.m. Friday, 2/11. Congress Theater. $25.
Who knew this Friday was retro day in Chicago? 80s Australian alt-rockers The Church may not be as renounced as George Clinton or Gang of Four, but you’d know them if you heard them. Fans of the film “Donnie Darko” may remember the band’s song “Under the Milky Way” from the party scene. The song comes from The Church’s most successful release 1988’s Starfish
, which also contained the catchy track “Reptile.” The Church make its way to Chicago’s Park West for its 30th anniversary tour. (Audrey Leon
8:00 p.m. Friday, 2/11. Park West. All Ages. $32.50.
MICHAEL LUX AND THE BAD SONS
Sometimes music seems so darn complicated. All those parts and chord changes and junk. Often there's such a fine line between fresh and new and 13 year old mall friendly. Sometimes, though, there's just rock 'n' roll. Like porn, it might be hard to describe but you know it when you hear it. Michael Lux And The Bad Sons play rock 'n' roll, simply. Not like Elvis, but more like Paul Westerberg. Either way, you'll know it when you hear it. Feel free to check out the guitarless power trio sounds of Mutts
, and the minimalism of Basho
while you're there. (Ross Meyerson
9:00 p.m. Saturday, 2/12. Panchos. 18+. $5.
BLEEDING HEARTS ARTS FEST
Raise your hand if you like not only live music, but visual arts, burlesque performances and short films? Oh, good. That's quite a lot of you. Then your best bet for this weekend is at Bleeding Hearts Arts Fest brought to you by the fine people of Odradek Theatre. It all goes down on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. at the New Rock Theatre, located at 3931 N. Elston Ave., and features tons of live music from the likes of local indie rockers The Clams
, sonically inclined sci-fi heads The Earth Program
, instrumental heavy-ists Bury My Teeth
and more! Don't for get to donate! (Richard Giraldi
5:00 p.m. Saturday, 2/12. New Rock Theatre (3931 N. Elston Ave). 18+. Donations Accepted.
Maybe subtlety isn't your thing. Maybe you want to be pummeled. With no pretense to anything but pummeling come Morgue Supplier. Don't let the name fool you, there's nothing passive or pretty about their brand of grindcore. That's a joke, see. I mean, you'll have to survive Emeticide
and They Die Screaming
first, but you relish the challenge. (Ross Meyerson
7:00 p.m. Sunday, 2/13. Empty Bottle. 21+. $3.
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