FRIDAYJC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND New Year's starts early this weekend with the first of two Uptown Sound shows at Schubas. The soul-punk outfit had a great 2011 with the release of their brand new album Want More. If you're looking to get down and get funky, then an Uptown Sound gig is the place to be. Let singer JC Brooks serenade you with his rich, smoky vocals while the Uptown Sound lifts you up with some upbeat and bouncy rhythms. Testify! (Audrey Leon) 10:00 p.m. Friday, 12/30. Schubas. 18+ $12. THE RUNNIES If you love garage rock but think there's too much damned guitar, then The Runnies might just be the band for you. The local trio have a loose '60s garage vibe that's powered with some sweet organ action. The result officially finds the band dipping into some R&B feelers and rowdy revivals. Which why their recently released record, You Can't Win, made it on my Top 11 Chicago Records of 2011 list. Headlining the show is Detroit own The Detroit Cobras who bring soulful rock 'n' roll antics, and Milwaukee glam rockers Ramma Lamma. (Richard Giraldi) 10:00 p.m. Friday, 12/30. Empty Bottle. 21+. $13.
SATURDAYDISAPPEARS Who wouldn't want to ring in the new year with the best psych-garage rockers around? Disappears return home after one hell of a year that saw them add Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley on drums, the release of a critically acclaimed album(s), hitting the big stage at Lollapalooza, European tours and so much more. And somehow between all of that, they've managed to record a new record, Pre Language, which is set to drop in March. Impressive? You bethca. Opening are Bare Mutants (feat. members of The Ponys, The 1900s, Mannequin Men and Derek & The Musicians) who will no doubt impress with their chilled out indie rock, and reverb-heavy garage poppers Outer Minds. (Richard Giraldi) 10:00 p.m. Saturday, 12/31. Empty Bottle. 21+. $25. LOCAL H Hard rocking, hard working Chicago duo Local H are hitting the reset button on 2011 by ringing in the new year with what is sure to be a blisting set of hits new and old at the very same venue they played last New Year's Eve, the Bottom Lounge. Local H are regulars on the Chicago NYE circuit, and having spent a magical evening with the band rocking out with a few hundred of my drunkest friends in 2009, I can safely say Local H's NYE shows bring the spectacle. This year's themed event is a tribute to Rush's 2112 so order up a Molson and wear your best Canadian tuxedo because it's going to get heavy. (Audrey Leon) 10:00 p.m. Saturday, 12/31. Bottom Lounge. 21+ $30. SLUTTER If four sexy ladies, with demon facepaint, who rock out to the hits of KISS is more your style, then come party with Slutter at Liar's Club. I've had the very fortunate experience of both seeing Slutter at Liar's Club and being pushed out of the way by Vagene Simmons en route to the stage. So. Clearly, I win. Liar's Club may be small, but the spectacle is guaranteed to be huge when Slutter are around. Plus there's an open bar package, which includes admission, available for $50. (Audrey Leon) 9:00 p.m. Saturday, 12/31. Liar's Club. 21+ $10.
SUNDAYCAINS & ABELS & FRIENDS Wistful indie poppers The Cains and Abels are taking over The Whistler on New Year's Day and they're bringing some friends along. Come out and hear some jams from the group's 2011 EP The Price is Right. You won't find Drew Carey or old Bob Barker and their skinny microphones, but you will find lush, heartfelt pop melodies with just a hint of Midwestern twang. Oh, yeah! (Audrey Leon) 9:30 p.m. Sunday, 1/1. The Whistler. 21+ Free! By Staff \ 1 comment