All's well that ends well. Sure, it rained all week, but it's nice and sunny outside with just a tiny nip in the air. Naturally, that means it is time to party down while we still can. This weekend, especially, is a doozy. There are so many great shows that it is almost impossible to choose among them.
Some of the shows we're all abuzz over are Gypsyblood
at Liar's Club
, Dead Milkmen
at Congress Theater
and Local H
at the Metro
. Let's hop to it, Chicago...
Our own Ross Meyerson practically gushed over Soft Speaker’s debut album I’ll Tend Your Garden
. The album is chock full of songs that are simply put, a mish mash of grungey guitar riffs and smoky psychedelic and brit rock influence with a dab of Thom Yorke-ness. The net result is a brilliant first release by the Logan Square quartet. Also on hand this evening are the ghostly 60s girl-group throwback Hollows, scratchy-voiced pop rockers Michael Lux and the Bad Sons (who will have free copies of its debut ep Neat Repeater
available) and jangly experimental rockers Dozens. Talk about getting more bang for your buck. (Audrey Leon
9:00 p.m. Friday, 4/29. Subterranean. 21+ $8.
The instrumental onslaught that is Mogwai keeps chugging along, with the band having released yet another album of soft-loud awesomeness with the best title we've seen this year: Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
. Live, the band does something extremely difficult to pull off: though possibly the loudest show you'll see this year, the technical wizardry of the band is never drowned out. A Mogwai show always has the potentiol of making your top ten shows of all time (Coachella 2006), and I'd have to imagine that seeing them at the Metro is going to be a mind-blowing and ear-numbing experience. (Andy Kondrat
9:00 p.m. Friday, 4/29. Metro 18+ $25.
Locals Gypsyblood have been generating quite a bit of buzz lately with their debut record Cold In The Guestway
, what with it's guitar-heavy, occasionally early '90s vibe. But let's not get it twisted, Gypsyblood are their own band as they add in touches of playfulness and humor that some of those alt-90's bands simply whiffed on. Seeing how tonight's Liars Club (Yes, THAT Liars Club) show is Gypsybloods' record release for their debut, they've invited along labelmates Cast Spells
, who are the folk-pop side project of Maps & Atlases crooner Dave Davison. Opening is a Loud Loop favorite Radar Eyes
, who always impress with their dark psych-garage tunes. If you miss this, you will regret it dearly. Yes, that's a threat. Get over it, crybaby. (Richard Giraldi
9:00 p.m. Friday, 4/29. Liar's Club. 21+. FREE!
There’s nothing simple about the one-woman band Fielded. The only instrument Lindsay Powell, who is also vocalist for Ga’an, really needs is her voice. Powell uses synths and samples to twist and manipulate her voice into a rhythm section for haunting ambient pop stylings. To see her music recreated live is well worth the relatively small price of admission. Psych-rockers Verma and Zath, the metal side project of Ga’an drummer Seth Sher, will also appear. (Audrey Leon
10:00 p.m. Friday, 4/29. The Hideout. 21+ $8.
Battles' first full-length album Mirrored is kind of, well, the best thing ever (hitting No. 3 on my top ten albums
of last decade). The live show, as well, was beyond stellar. There might not even be a word in the English language to describe how good their shows were. Since that record was released, however, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Tyondai Braxton has left the band, and Battles' new record, Glass Drop, is sure to be divisive--the Loud Loop staff has already started drawing lines in the sand over it. The questions, then, are these: will the live show still be phenomenal? Can they play tracks off of Mirrored? Will the lack of guest vocalists live help or hinder the band? There's only one way to find out the answers to all these questions, and just to sate your curiosity will be worth the price of admission. (Andy Kondrat
10:00 p.m. Saturday, 4/30. Lincoln Hall. 18+. SOLD OUT.
I'll just go ahead and put this bluntly: The Dead Milkmen is the most essential inessential band I can think of. That is to say, these guys blur the already-sometimes-hazy line between punk rock and novelty, with song titles off my favorite record of theirs - Beelzebubba - including "Born to Love Volcanoes," "Sri Lanka Sex Hotel," and "Bleach Boys." Either in spite of, or because of, the silliness inherent to some of the band's songs, combined with the actual real punk rock music they produce, this show is guaranteed to be nothing short of a blast. Revered local punks The Lawrence Arms
will also appear. (Andy Kondrat
7:30 p.m. Saturday, 4/30. Congress Theater. All Ages. $18.
According to the Chicago Tribune
, locals the Mannequin Men play "math rock, punk, metal, free jazz". Huh. Well, isn't that interesting. Here we were all along thinking they played jangly, garage rock with folky hooks. Boy, aren't our faces red? Anyway, we're still awaiting their next batch of tunes to get an official release. Maybe that's where the free jazz shows up? Either way, we're excited. And so should you for the opportunity to see the band positively wreck it at the Empty Bottle with local indie poppers Sleep Kitty ands E+.
9:30 p.m. Saturday, 4/30. Empty Bottle. 21+. $8.
Who doesn’t love a good homecoming? The members of Local H (Scott Lucas and Brian St. Clair) have been traversing the US, supporting of its recent “greatest hits” collection from the band’s Island Records years (i.e. The 1990s). Sunday, the hard rocking duo finally come home to Chicago’s majestic Metro. The 90s were a magical decade and Local H were produced many a great album, but if you are jonesing to hear 1996’s uber popular “Bound for the Floor,” you’re finally in luck. So c’mon and feel the nostalgia. (Audrey Leon
7:00 p.m. Sunday, 5/1. Metro. All Ages. $15.
TIM KINSELLA & FRIENDS
Tim Kinsella, the mastermind behind such Chicago institutions as Cap’n Jazz, Joan of Arc and many more, is bringing his indie rock prowess to the Whistler stage with some friends. The friends? Why it’s John Herndon from Tortoise
, Theo Katsaounis from Joan of Arc and A Tundra
, and Donny Malhmeister, also from A Tundra. The Whistler’s website describes the evening as a “duel” between a “double duo,” but no word on just who will duel to the death. Electro rockers Relay Beken
will open the festivities. (Audrey Leon
9:30 p.m. Sunday, 5/1. The Whistler. 21+ FREE By Audrey Leon \ comments