Here is a look at my picks for the best live music this weekend.
Long one of my favorite vaguely stoner-rock, unconditionally hard-hitting local bar bands, Land of the El Caminos once again is going strong after a burst of relative inactivity, and Dan Fanelli, Ken Wallin, and Aaron Cleall are certain to tear it up on a bill with Versailles, System and Station, and Panther Style starting at 9 tonight (Friday, June 18) at the Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake. The cover is $8, and more info can be found here.
Always one of the best, most diverse, and, yes, kinkiest parties in town, the monthly Fleshy Hungry Dog Show at Jackhammer, 6406 N. Clark, is set to outdo itself starting at 9 tonight (Friday, June 18) with local rock goddesses the Cathy Santonies, who I've seen half a dozen times without ever failing to deliver the goods, and an act I haven't witnessed but which certainly sounds intriguing, Austin's Mistress Stephanie and Her Melodic Cat, described by show host Gary Airedale as "a wild fusion of rock and cabaret and the brainchild of Stephanie Stephens and Adam Sultan (of Poi Dog Pondering)." All that, plus "special guests from Girlie-Q Burlesque." Tickets are $10 at the door, or $8 in advance online; more info here. (Some swell new songs from the Santonies' recent sessions at Wall to Wall Recording, as well as other upcoming dates, can be found on their MySpace page.)
Absurdly profilic -- I count 19 proper albums in her discography since 1995 -- garage-rockin' heroine and former Headcoatee Holly Golightly caught my ear with her latest, "Medicine County," in a way she hasn't at any other point in the new millennium. Credited to her and the Brokeoffs -- which really is just a duo with "long-time friend and U.S. touring companion Lawyer Dave" -- the album is more rootsy than many of her pervious discs, with more attention to the pop songcraft (the pair ain't bragging when it calls itself "the Southern Gothic Sonny and Cher"), but the same raw immediacy as anything this British visionary has given us in the past. Holly and Dave perform at Subterranean, 2011 W. North, at 9:30 tonight (Friday, June 18), and tickets are $12.
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
Tomorrow night (Saturday, June 19), the same venue hosts another in the exciting series of post-van-wreck gigs by Chicago ork-pop treasures the Scotland Yard Gosepl Choir. Elia Einhorn and his mates share a bill that starts at 9 p.m. with Wells-Next-The-Sea and Very Truly Yours. Tickets are $10.
Dedicated Ears is an impressive blog devoted to covering local music, and its author, Tony Rusniak, recently branched out to sponsoring shows at the extremely classy Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division. The latest installment in what's shaping up to be a promising series starts at 9:30 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, June 19) and includes locals Anjru Kieterang and Welcome to Ashley and the Juliets from Michigan. The cover is $6.
Home-recording maven and always impressive one-man band Dan Zapruder, better known as Zapruder Point, is, like Land of the El Caminos, making an overdue return to the stage of late, and he performs at the Red Line Tap, 7006 Glenwood in Rogers Park, after Moon and Khanzir's Cake starting at 9 tomorrow night (Saturday, June 19). "I feel like I'm actually and truly READY for a proper-bar show now," Zapruder writes, with a new batch of tunes and a new energy that has him in what he describes as a "post-punk down-stroke frame of mind." Leonard Cohen meets the Ramones? Could be. (More info here.)
And, finally, if you want something a whole lot nastier, faster, and louder, that lovable punk-rock dive Ronny's, 2101 N. California, is hosting a quintuple bill starting at 8 p.m. Saturday with the Larroquettes, the Brothers of Barabas, Stand & Deliver, No Enemy, and -- journalistic disclosure -- the band for which I play drums, Vortis. Come out and throw tomatoes at the critic who's done you wrong, and/or put to the test the notion that those who cannot do, etc.