Everybody in the club stop getting tipsy for two seconds because we're talking about yet another busy weekend for Chicago music. Buzzing all over our radar screens are the 10th Annual CHIRP Record Fair, Distractions/Distortions Fest, a free show by JC BROOKS & The Uptown Sound plus so much more.
As Gwen Stefani once said, what (are) you waiting for?
It's rock and roll happy hour over at Reggie's with our favorite folkers Dastardly. This band of misfits will blast their rambunctiously playful tales of woe and whoa over the speakers for a good old fashioned hoedown. Please note that this is an early show. (Audrey Leon
5:30 p.m. Friday, 4/13. Reggie's Music Joint. 21+
The third annual ::distractions:: ::distortions:: fest kicks off two days of solid Chicago made music and visual arts at Multi Kulti this weekend. Tons of local bands from rock to folk, noise and spoken word acts will appear. On tap for Friday are noise rockers We Repel Each Other
, spacey indie pop enthusiasts Narrow Sparrow
, rowdy good-time punks Rambos
and The Peekaboos
. Saturday's show continues the fun with sets by The Day Lewis
, and alternative rockers The Moses Gun
. Also at the fest, Tom Schraeder's short film "92 Tales" will be screened on Saturday along with short films by Rob Majchrowski of the aforementioned We Repel Each Other. Get more information from the event Facebook page listed above. (Audrey Leon
9:00 p.m. Friday, 4/13. & Saturday, 4/14. Q4/Multi Kulti (1000 N. Milwaukee Ave.) 21+ $5
AN AESTHETIC ANAESTHETIC
Have to admit I was quite impressed with last year's Before the Machinery of Other Skeletons
from local post-rockers An Aesthetic Anaesthetic. It was chock full of raw, crunchy riffs, chugging bass and bombastic rhythms - but they were clever enough to keep it squarely on the rock end of the spectrum instead of giving into their heavy metal tendencies as they always manage to work in some intriguing melodies. So, when the news hit that they were recording their next release, NAMES
, with famed Chicago producer Sanford Parker...well that's just going to be awesome. Get there early as these guys are playing first in front of a rad bill featuring prog-rockers Blane Fonda and buzzing art rock duo Mr. Gnome. (Richard Giraldi
10:00 p.m. Friday, 4/13. Schubas. 21+. $10.
CHIRP RECORD FAIR
It's baaaack! Yep, it's that time of year when Chi-town vinyl lovers descend upon the Chicago Journeymen Plumber's Union in the West Loop. All your favorites local record vendors and labels will be there including Saki, Record Breakers, HoZac Records, Addenda Records and so. many more. Additionally, there will be refreshments (Beer!) and entertainment from the Numero Group, DJs and even some trivia. Good thing you got that tax refund already, right? (Richard Giraldi
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday, 4/14 & Sunday, 4/15. Chicago Journeymen Plumber's Union (1340 West Washington Boulevard). $7 or $5 with any CHIRP Record Fair Ad.
JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND
Chicago soul rockers JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound may be one of a select few local bands playing Lollapalooza
this year, but that doesn't mean you have to wait until August to see them. Watch them play a free show sponsored by Lake Forest's student-run station WMXM and get down to their upbeat, powerful funk-tastic grooves.
8:00 p.m. Saturday, 4/14. Lilly Reid Holt Chapel (555 N Sheridan Rd, Lake Forest). FREE!
If you're in the mood for some soulful garage pop that is packed with powerful organ punches and fun, jangly guitar flourishes, look no further than The Runnies. Vocalist Mary McKane's sweet, smokey vocals complete the whole package. (Audrey Leon
9:00 p.m. Saturday, 4/14. Township. 21+ $5.
End your weekend with the sleek, yet scratchy surf sounds of Chicago's Sleepovers. The HoZac-approved band creates plenty of upbeat "beach wave" tunes that radiate with plenty of reverb and keyboard jams. Art punks Japanther
headline. (Audrey Leon
8:00 p.m. Sunday, 4/15. Beat Kitchen. 17+ $10. By Staff \ comments