WBEZ | #Nightclubbing http://www.wbez.org/tags/nightclubbing Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Nightclubbing: The 1900s, Dean & Britta play Galaxie 500, Broken Bells, and more http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/nightclubbing-1900s-dean-britta-play-galaxie-500-broken-bells-and-more <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/broken-bells.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 475px; height: 312px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-01/1900s.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p>Winter may be setting in, but the challenges of going out in the face of the harsh weather only make for more enthusiastic crowds inside Chicago&rsquo;s clubs, and there are plenty of reasons to venture forth iin the coming days, starting with the release party for the second full-length by the local group <a href="http://www.myspace.com/1900s">the 1900s</a>.</p><p>With &ldquo;Return of the Century,&rdquo; issued early last month by Parasol, the band veerts away to some degree from the lush orchestral pop of its earlier album and EPs, the better to emphasize the exquisite harmonies and rich melodies of their folky pop songs. Local singers and songwriters Tristen and Tyler Jon Tyler get things rolling at 10 tonight at <a href="emptybottle.com">the Empty Bottle</a>, and the cover is $10.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-01/Sonny.jpg" /></p> <p>A lesser-known favorite of legendary producer Sam Phillips, <strong>Albert Austin &ldquo;Sonny&rdquo; Burgess</strong> is a god among rockabilly fans, and justifiably so. He takes the stage at <a href="http://www.abbeypub.com/">the Abbey Pub</a> tonight after opening sets by the Honeybees and Switzerland&rsquo;s Mars Attacks starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-01/americanhardcore2ndedcvr-209x300.jpg" /></p> <p>For a noise of a slightly quieter and more literary variety, former hardcore punk promoter Steve Blush will host a slideshow and reading from the revised edition of his landmark book, <a href="http://www.americanhardcorebook.com/">American Hardcore: A Tribal History</a>, first issued in 2001. <a href="http://www.quimbys.com/blog/readings/steven-blush-celebrates-american-hardcore-a-tribal-history-second-edition/">Quimby&rsquo;s</a> is, of course, one of the coolest bookstores in the world, but moshing nonetheless is discouraged. The fun starts at 7 tonight, and the event is free.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-01/dean-brita.jpg" style="width: 471px; height: 339px;" /></p><p>Holding forth for two nights at Lincoln Hall, starting at 10 tonight and tomorrow, Dean Wareham and his musical and marital partner Britta Phillips play the music of Wareham&rsquo;s original band, Galaxie 500, which leaves me with decidedly mixed feelings. <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/music/2008/02/from_galaxie_500_to_luna_to_pl.html">I&rsquo;ve enjoyed much of what Dean &amp; Britta have done in recent years</a>, and Galaxie 500 was one of my favorite bands of the indie-rock &rsquo;80s; if you don&rsquo;t own &ldquo;Today&rdquo; (1988), &ldquo;On Fire&rdquo; (1989), and &ldquo;This Is Our Music&rdquo; (1990), trust me, your life is all the poorer for it. Yet while Wareham may claim much of the credit for many of the classic tunes on those discs, the founders of slowcore always were as much about sound as songs, and it just doesn&rsquo;t seem right to hear that material absent drummer Damon Krukowski and bassist/vocalist Naomi Yang, who contributed as co-writers and played a key role with all of the arrangements. (And by the way, that pair has done even better things as a duo post-Galaxie 500 than Dean &amp; Britta have.)</p> <p>In other words, I&rsquo;m on the fence about going, thanks to a perhaps misplaced sense of loyalty. On the other hand, the chance to hear &ldquo;Tugboat&rdquo; and &ldquo;King of Spain&rdquo; live onstage once more is enticing. Cheval Sombre opens at 10 p.m. at Lincoln Hall, and tickets are $20. (Oh, and if you want to read about the logic of this tour, my &ldquo;Sound Opinions&rdquo; colleague Greg Kot talks to Wareham <a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/turn_it_up/2010/11/dean-and-britta-give-galaxie-500-songs-a-new-life.html#more">here</a>.)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-01/davidSinger.jpg" /></p><p>If you missed my two-part interview with local singer and songwriter <strong>David Singer</strong> earlier this year, it can be found <a href="http://www.wbez.org/jderogatis/2010/08/33931/33931">here</a> and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/jderogatis/2010/08/david-singer-on-scoring-a-steppenwolf-hit-and-more/33949">here</a>, and I've lost none of the enthusiasm I&nbsp;had for his latest, &quot;Arrows,&quot;&nbsp;over the last five months. He performs at <a href="http://hideoutchicago.com/">the Hideout</a> Saturday after an opening set by Sad Brad Smith at 9 p.m. The cover is $8.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-01/broken-bells.jpg" style="width: 476px; height: 317px;" /></p> <p>Finally, the self-titled debut by Broken Bells, the unexpected collaboration between producer Brian &ldquo;Danger Mouse&rdquo; Burton and James Mercer of the Shins, remains <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/music/2010/03/broken_bells_broken_bells_colu.html">one of the most endearingly melodic yet gently inventive releases this year</a>. Unfortunately, <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/music/2010/03/sxsw_2010_night_one_the_showca.html">I was underwhelmed by the group&rsquo;s South by Southwest showcase last March</a>, though that might have been as much the fault of the venue as the band. Here&rsquo;s hoping that the Vic Theatre brings out the best from these artists when they perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. <a href="http://event.etix.com/ticket/online/frontDoor.jsp?performance_id=1356498&amp;cobrand=jamusa">Tickets are $30 through Jam Productions.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 09:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/nightclubbing-1900s-dean-britta-play-galaxie-500-broken-bells-and-more Nightclubbing: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, the Legendary Pink Dots, Green, Pelican, and more http://www.wbez.org/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-isobel-campbell-and-mark-lanegan-the-legendary-pink-dots-green-pelican-and-more/40453 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2010-October/2010-10-26/Campbell-Lanegan-0710-7.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-40456" href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-isobel-campbell-and-mark-lanegan-the-legendary-pink-dots-green-pelican-and-more/40453 /campbell-lanegan-0710-7"><img height="346" width="456" class="size-full wp-image-40456" title="Campbell Lanegan 0710 7" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Campbell-Lanegan-0710-7.jpg" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;">It's a busy weekend on the club scene, but my best bet from the bounty of offerings is the reversed-roles, new-millennial update on that legendary pairing of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood: Belle and Sebastian ork-pop veteran <strong>Isobel Campbell</strong> (who steers and controls the project) and former Screaming Tress and Queens of the Stone Age vocalist <strong>Mark Lanegan </strong>(the pretty voice). Touring in support of their third album <a href="../jderogatis/2010/08/album-review-isobel-campbell-mark-lanegan-%E2%80%9Chawk%E2%80%9D/35003">Hawk,</a> the duo performs tonight at <a href="http://www.lincolnhallchicago.com/">Lincoln Hall</a> after an opening set by Willy Mason at 10 p.m. Tickets are $17 (and be sure to check out Greg Kot's illuminating chat with Campbell in <a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/turn_it_up/2010/10/isobel-campbell-flips-script-on-co-ed-duets-with-mark-lanegan.html">the Chicago Tribune</a>.)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><!--break--><a rel="attachment wp-att-40459" href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-isobel-campbell-and-mark-lanegan-the-legendary-pink-dots-green-pelican-and-more/40453 /sept-24-deerhunter-2"><img height="503" width="415" class="size-full wp-image-40459" title="sept-24-deerhunter" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//sept-24-deerhunter1.jpg" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;">Returning to Chicago to headline at <a href="http://metrochicago.com/">Metro</a> tonight, a much more hospitable venue than the viaduct where the group played at its &quot;surprise&quot; corporate-sponsored gig <a href="../jderogatis/2010/09/nightclubbing-janelle-monae-a-deerhunter-surprise-a-tribute-to-jay-bennett-and-more/37743">a few weeks ago</a>, Bradford Cox and his exquisite psychedelic-pop band <strong><a href="http://www.myspace.com/deerhunter">Deerhunter</a></strong> perform after opening sets by Casino vs. Japan and Real Estate starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $19.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-40460" href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-isobel-campbell-and-mark-lanegan-the-legendary-pink-dots-green-pelican-and-more/40453 /legendary_pink_dots_06"><img height="331" width="499" class="size-full wp-image-40460" title="legendary_pink_dots_06" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//legendary_pink_dots_06.jpg" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;">Meanwhile, Metro's sister club <a href="http://www.doubledoor.com/">Double Door</a> is hosting a gonzo/psychedelic/art-rock band from a different era, <strong><a href="http://legendarypinkdots.org/">the Legendary Pink Dots</a>, </strong>who are on tour celebrating their 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary since the infamous vocalist, songwriter, and keyboardist Edward Ka-Spel formed the group in London. The show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $15 or $25.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-40461" href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-isobel-campbell-and-mark-lanegan-the-legendary-pink-dots-green-pelican-and-more/40453 /tw-bluewhiteletters-thumb-400x215-12453"><img height="215" width="400" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-40461" title="TW-BLUEWHITELETTERS-thumb-400x215-12453" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//TW-BLUEWHITELETTERS-thumb-400x215-12453.jpg" /></a><code> </code></p><p>Last year, Tony &quot;Shark&quot; Labarbera, a fixture at the late, lamented heavy-metal roadhouse <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/music/2009/10/the_thirsty_whale_reunion.html">the Thirsty Whale</a>, held a reunion for fans, friends, and former fixtures of the place to celebrate its hard-rocking legacy. It was a hit, and there'll be an encore party this year starting at 6 this evening and 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at Shark City, 2240 Bloomingdale Road in Glendale Heights, with two stages each night and an endless roster of bands including Enuff Z'nuff, 7<sup>th</sup> Heaven, Slam Bang, Cutlass, and Paradoxx. Tickets are $20, and <a href="http://www.thirstywhale.com/">more info can be found here</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-40462" href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-isobel-campbell-and-mark-lanegan-the-legendary-pink-dots-green-pelican-and-more/40453 /greenwall"><img height="417" width="325" class="size-full wp-image-40462" title="greenwall" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//greenwall.jpg" /></a></p><p>Longtime local legends in a different genre, power-pop heroes <strong><a href="http://www.groupgreen.org/">Green</a> </strong>top the bill at <a href="http://www.abbeypub.com/">the Abbey Pub</a> on Saturday night in what amounts for them to a flurry of activity, coming on the heels of their last gig in June. Fast-moving, tireless, and unremitting in their self-promotion? Maybe not so much, but there are few better than Jeff Lescher and the boys at working this gorgeous, chiming terrain, and they deserve the nice tribute that Thomas Conner just gave them <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/music/2010/10/not_easy_being_green_chicago_b.html">in the Sun-Times</a>. Ladies and Gentlemen and Hushdrops open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-40463" href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-isobel-campbell-and-mark-lanegan-the-legendary-pink-dots-green-pelican-and-more/40453 /pelican11"><img height="500" width="368" class="size-full wp-image-40463" title="PELICAN11" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//PELICAN11.jpg" /></a></p><p>Finally, instrumental rockers<strong> <a href="http://hydrahead.tortugarecordings.com/pelican/">Pelican</a></strong>, one of the most hard-hitting bands in Chicago, will celebrate their 10<sup>th</sup> anniversary with the release of a 10-LP box set via Germany's Viva Hate Records and two special shows in Los Angeles and, on Saturday night, in their hometown at <a href="http://bottomlounge.com/">the Bottom Lounge</a>. Swan King and the Life and Times open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $13.50.</p></p> Fri, 22 Oct 2010 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-isobel-campbell-and-mark-lanegan-the-legendary-pink-dots-green-pelican-and-more/40453 Nightclubbing: Octopus Project, DA!, Jon Langford, and more http://www.wbez.org/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-octopus-project-da-jon-langford-and-more/39513 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2010-October/2010-10-26/octopus2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-octopus-project-da-jon-langford-and-more/39513 /octopus2" rel="attachment wp-att-39514"><img height="564" width="377" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//octopus2.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-39514" title="octopus2" alt="" /></a></p><p>Here&rsquo;s our regular look at the best live music happening this weekend.</p><p>There&rsquo;s no denying that Austin&rsquo;s psychedelic/electronic combo <strong><a href="http://www.theoctopusproject.com/">the Octopus Project</a></strong> boasts the coolest <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theremin">theremin</a> (and the coolest theremin player) in rock today, but it would be no more than an intriguing novelty if that bizarre and mysterious instrument was <a href="http://jimdero.com/News%202009/OctopusProject.htm">all it had going for it</a>. As amply evidence by its new album &ldquo;Hexadecagon,&rdquo; the fourth of its career, the group also has mastered the creation of unique and otherworldly soundscapes all its own. It headliners over Starf*cker tonight at 9 at <a href="http://www.bottomlounge.com/">the Bottom Lounge</a>; tickets are $12</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="355" width="470" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/protest9.jpg" title="" alt="" /></p><p style="text-align: left;"><code> </code> &ldquo;Troubadour,&rdquo; the 2009 breakthrough by Somalia-born rapper, singer, and songwriter <a href="http://knaanmusic.ning.com/">K&rsquo;Naan</a>, is an enduring effort that&rsquo;s as joyful and celebratory as it is thought-provoking, but the music is ever more powerful when he&rsquo;s performing it live onstage with his sizable band. They&rsquo;ll hold forth at the Park West starting at 8:30 tonight; tickets are $25 at the door. (More info available at jamusa.com.)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-octopus-project-da-jon-langford-and-more/39513 /califone-world-cafe" rel="attachment wp-att-39516"><img height="297" width="447" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//califone-world-cafe.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-39516" title="califone-world-cafe" alt="" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;">Tim Rutili and the always atmospheric <strong><a href="http://califonemusic.com/">Califone</a> </strong>are another act that never fail to take things to another level in live performance. They&rsquo;ll take the stage tonight at <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/calendar.html">the Hideout</a> after opening sets by their longtime collaborator Michael Krassner and Sonoi starting at 10. The cover is $12.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-octopus-project-da-jon-langford-and-more/39513 /king-sparrow" rel="attachment wp-att-39517"><img height="382" width="471" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//King-Sparrow.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-39517" title="King Sparrow" alt="" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;">One more option for this evening: Following up an a strong EP called &ldquo;Derailer,&rdquo; the Chicago trio <strong><a href="http://www.myspace.com/kingsparrow">King Sparrow</a>, </strong>one of the most melodic garage bands to climb out of the grungy murk in some time, will celebrate the release of its first full album tonight at <a href="http://www.schubas.com/">Schubas</a>, headlining over Pet Lions and This Is Versailles starting at 10. The cover is $10.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-octopus-project-da-jon-langford-and-more/39513 /da" rel="attachment wp-att-39518"><img height="330" width="476" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//da.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-39518" title="da!" alt="" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;"><code> </code> If Riot Fest&rsquo;s recent celebration of old&hellip; er, make that <em>venerated</em>&hellip; punks who still can deliver the goods has only left you wanting more, you need to see <strong><a href="http://www.myspace.com/daautumn">DA!</a></strong>, progenitors of the Chicago scene back in the day and a bridge between the industrial/punk/noise side of things and this city&rsquo;s enduring fondness for Goth. Frontwoman Lorna Donley and her bandmates will once again tromp the boards at <a href="http://www.abbeypub.com/">the Abbey Pub</a>, sharing a bill with Radar Eyes, the Green Lady Killers, and Anatomy of Habit (plus DJ Joe Losurdo) starting at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-octopus-project-da-jon-langford-and-more/39513 /jon-muscleman" rel="attachment wp-att-39519"><img height="356" width="475" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Jon-Muscleman-1024x768.jpg" class="size-large wp-image-39519" title="Jon Muscleman" alt="" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;">Speaking of venerated, that absurdly prolific but amazingly consistent local legend <strong><a href="http://www.jonlangford.de/">Jon Langford</a></strong> will mark the recent release of &ldquo;Old Devils,&rdquo; the latest Bloodshot release from his folk-punk Skull Orchard incarnation, with a show at <a href="http://www.martyrslive.com/">Martyrs</a> starting at 9 p.m. Saturday. Also rocking the &ldquo;Old Devils&rsquo; Ball&rdquo;: the undeniable Sally Timms, Andre Williams with garage mavens the Gold Stars, and MC Danbert Nobacon. The cover is $12.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-octopus-project-da-jon-langford-and-more/39513 /besnardnight3" rel="attachment wp-att-39520"><img height="376" width="475" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//besnardnight3-1024x812.jpg" class="size-large wp-image-39520" title="besnardnight3" alt="" /></a></p><p style="text-align: left;">Finally, looking ahead to next week, the good news is that the double bill of psychedelic wonders <strong><a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/jderogatis/2010/10/jderogatis/2010/06/the-best-albums-of-2010-so-far/25945#more-25945">the Besnard Lakes</a></strong> and modern American roots rockers <strong>Band of Horses </strong>is one of the strongest that the Riviera Theatre has hosted in some time. The band news is: It&rsquo;s sold-out.</p></p> Fri, 15 Oct 2010 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-octopus-project-da-jon-langford-and-more/39513 Nightclubbing: Film School, Rebirth Brass Band, Royal Pines, Chicago Guitar Festival, and more http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/nightclubbing-film-school-rebirth-brass-band-royal-pines-chicago-guitar-festival- <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="320" width="500" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Film-School.jpg" alt="" /><br /><em>Film School</em></p><p>The punk-rock chaos of <a href="http://riotfest.org/schedule/">Riot Fest</a> continues to dominate the club calendar this weekend, but there's plenty of other energetic happenings as well, starting with long-running indie-rock favorites <strong><a href="http://www.myspace.com/filmschool">Film School</a></strong> tonight.<!--break--><strong> </strong> Touring in support of the recent album &quot;Fission,&quot; the pseudo-shoegaze, formerly San Francisco-, now L.A.-based quintet headlines a strong bill at <a href="http://www.schubas.com/">Schubas</a> starting at 10 p.m. with the Depreciation Guild and Twin Shadow. The cover is $12.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-38887" href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-film-school-rebirth-brass-band-royal-pines-chicago-guitar-festival-and-more/38878 /rebirth"><img height="333" width="500" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-12/2010-10-08 rebirth.jpg" alt="" /></a><br /><code> </code> <em>Rebirth Brass Band</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">I wasn't a huge fan of the HBO series <a href="http://www.hbo.com/treme/index.html">&quot;Treme&quot;</a> -- I rarely disagree with &quot;Sound Opinions&quot; producer <a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/bio_jason.html">Jason Saldanha</a>, but David Simon is <em>not </em>infallible, and the show just moved too damn slowly. True, any opportunity to hear that New Orleans treasure <strong><a href="http://www.rebirthbrassband.com/">the Rebirth Brass Band</a> </strong>can't be all bad, but better live than on TV, and the ensemble headlines over the Revivalists starting at 10 p.m. Saturday at <a href="http://www.martyrslive.com/">Martyrs</a>. The cover is $25.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-38889" href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-film-school-rebirth-brass-band-royal-pines-chicago-guitar-festival-and-more/38878 /royalpines-2"><img height="333" width="500" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-12/2010-10-08 royalpines.jpg" /></a><br /><em>Royal Pines</em></p><p>Another (albeit self-serving) option on Saturday: Chicago's gothic garage-rockers <strong><a href="http://www.myspace.com/royalpines">Royal Pines</a> </strong>headline at <a href="http://www.viaducttheatre.com/cms/">the Viaduct Theatre</a> after an opening set at 10 p.m. by <a href="../blog/derogatis/the-vortis-diaries">Vortis</a>, which is planning something special for the occasion: an art-punk go-go dance spectacle with the always imaginative, ever-enticing Viva la Muerte and the ladies of <a href="http://www.myspace.com/hotandheavyburlesque">Hot &amp; Heavy Burlesque</a>. The cover is $7.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-38882" href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-film-school-rebirth-brass-band-royal-pines-chicago-guitar-festival-and-more/38878 /high-on-fire"><img height="333" width="501" class="size-large wp-image-38882" title="High on Fire" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//High-on-Fire-1024x682.jpg" /></a> <br /><em>High On Fire</em></p><p><code> </code> I've plugged Riot Fest plenty on this blog, but it's worth noting that the festival saved one of its hardest-hitting shows for last. The indomitable <strong><a href="http://www.myspace.com/highonfire">High on Fire</a> </strong>headlines the Metro showcase starting at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, with Droids Attack, Kylesa, and Torche preceding those monsters of stoner rock. No, it's not Sleep. But it is the next best thing.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-38883" href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-film-school-rebirth-brass-band-royal-pines-chicago-guitar-festival-and-more/38878 /faun-fables"><img height="334" width="502" class="size-full wp-image-38883" title="faun fables" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//faun-fables.jpg" /></a> <code> </code> <br /><em>Faun Fables</em></p><p>In a different vein on Sunday night, <strong><a href="http://www.faunfables.net/">Faun Fables</a></strong>, the atmospheric folk-rock vehicle of Drag City multi-media artiste and storyteller supreme Dawn McCarthy, performs at <a href="http://www.schubas.com/">Schubas</a> after an opening set by <a href="http://www.danielknox.com/">Daniel Knox</a> in his solo guise (he also plays drums for the Handsome Family) at 8 p.m. The cover is $12.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-38884" href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-film-school-rebirth-brass-band-royal-pines-chicago-guitar-festival-and-more/38878 /guitar-fest"><img height="105" width="499" alt="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-38884" title="Guitar Fest" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Guitar-Fest.gif" /></a><code> </code></p><p>Finally, kicking into high gear shortly after Riot Fest wraps up and promising a very different level of volume if not virtuosity, <a href="http://www.chicagoguitarfest.com/">the Chicago Guitar Festival</a> presents a number of performances this weekend through Oct. 14. The Web site has a full run-down of all the festivities, but highlights include festival founders Andreas Kapsalis and Goran Ivanovic, Pat Martino, the Renato Anesi and Thomas Howard Duo, and Denis Azabagic, at venues including the Chicago Cultural Center, the Wicker Park Arts Center, and Logan Square Auditorium. Check the Web site if a mellower brand of six-string sounds is your thing.</p></p> Fri, 08 Oct 2010 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/nightclubbing-film-school-rebirth-brass-band-royal-pines-chicago-guitar-festival- Nightclubbing: Bettie Serveert, David Singer, Beats Antique, the Quarrymen, and more http://www.wbez.org/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-bettie-serveert-david-singer-beats-antique-the-quarrymen-and-more/38254 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//beats.jpg" title="beats" class="size-full wp-image-38255" style="width: 321px; height: 481px;" /><br /><em>Zoë Jakes of Beats Antique</em><br /><code> </code></p><p style="text-align: left;">Though <strong><a href="http://riotfest.org/schedule/">Riot Fest</a></strong> is the most exciting show looming on the horizon at the moment, there's plenty of fine noise in the clubs this weekend before that punk-rock smorgasbord gets underway in the middle of next week.<!--break--></p><p style="text-align: left;">First up, <a href="http://www.abbeypub.com/">the Abbey Pub</a> is hosting a fine co-headlining bill tonight featuring long-running Dutch alternative guitar-rockers <strong><a href="http://www.bettieserveert.com/">Bettie Serveert</a>, </strong>celebrating their strong ninth album &quot;Pharmacy of Love,&quot; and local heroes <strong>David Singer and the Sweet Science</strong> (see my two-part interview with Singer on the occasion of his own strong new release &quot;Arrows&quot; <a href="../jderogatis/2010/08/33931/33931">here</a> and <a href="../jderogatis/2010/08/david-singer-on-scoring-a-steppenwolf-hit-and-more/33949">here</a>). Mean Creek and Tiny Bones open starting at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $15.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-bettie-serveert-david-singer-beats-antique-the-quarrymen-and-more/38254 /bettie-serveert1" rel="attachment wp-att-38256"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Bettie-Serveert1.jpg" title="Bettie-Serveert1" class="size-full wp-image-38256" style="width: 485px; height: 375px;" /></a><br /><em>Bettie Serveert</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">The Abbey has another winner the next night, too. I've been a fan of the San Francisco trio <strong>Beats Antique</strong> since I first saw it <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/music/2010/03/sxsw_2010_night_three_the_show.html">at South by Southwest last March</a>. The group is as spell-binding musically (with its mix of electronica and world rhythms) as it is visually (gotta love the bellydancing!), and the Abbey certainly will be a more intimate venue for the group than Lollapalooza last August. Plus, the ensemble has a strong new album in the recently released &quot;Blind Threshold.&quot; Vapor Eyes, hot local up-and-comers <strong>Save the Clocktower, </strong>and Lynx open starting at 10 p.m., and tickets are $16 in advance or $18 at the door.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-bettie-serveert-david-singer-beats-antique-the-quarrymen-and-more/38254 /omg" rel="attachment wp-att-38257"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//OMG.jpg" title="OMG" class="size-full wp-image-38257" style="width: 459px; height: 318px;" /></a><br /><em>Oh My God</em></p><p style="text-align: left;"><code> </code> Another batch of rising local talents share the stage at <a href="http://www.doubledoor.com/">Double Door</a> the same night: Gonzo rockers <strong><a href="http://www.ohmygodmusic.com/">Oh My God</a></strong> and the groovy <strong><a href="http://www.blanefonda.com/">Blane Fonda</a></strong> headline over Jonny Rumble kicking things off at 10 p.m. The cover is $10.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-bettie-serveert-david-singer-beats-antique-the-quarrymen-and-more/38254" rel="attachment wp-att-38258"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//mccoyposter.jpg" title="mccoyposter" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-38258" style="width: 343px; height: 451px;" /></a><code> </code></p><p style="text-align: left;">Sunday brings a worthy event to <a href="http://www.oldtownschool.org/">the Old Town School of Folk Music</a>: A benefit concert honoring two underappreciated pre-war blues greats, <strong>Joe and Charlie McCoy</strong>, surveying their musical development from Mississippi to Memphis to Chicago, as well as raising funds to purchase memorials at their graves in suburban Alsip. Performers include the Second Fiddles, Sule Greg Wilson, Rick Sherry, BLT, my favorites <strong>the Northside Southpaws</strong>, the Barehand Jugband, and the Hump Night Thumpers, and tickets are $20 ($18 for Old Town members, $16 for seniors and children).</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-11/Quarrymen.jpg" style="width: 477px; height: 297px;" /><br /><em>The Quarrymen, back in the day, Lennon at center, some other guy on the left.</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">Finally, another unique event with a deep history closes out the weekend at the <a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/">Music Box Theater</a> and marks the 70<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the birth of John Lennon. Following a 7 p.m. screening on the new film <a href="http://www.nowhereboy.com/#/home">&quot;Nowhere Boy&quot;</a> focusing on Lennon's childhood, veteran members of his early band <strong>the Quarrymen </strong>will perform and take part in a Q&amp;A session with audience members moderated by everyone's favorite Beatlemaniac, XRT DJ Terri Hemmert. <a href="http://brownpapertickets.com/">Tickets are $30 to $45 in advance.</a></p></p> Fri, 01 Oct 2010 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/jderogatis/2010/10/nightclubbing-bettie-serveert-david-singer-beats-antique-the-quarrymen-and-more/38254 Nightclubbing: Janelle Monae, a Deerhunter surprise, a tribute to Jay Bennett, and more http://www.wbez.org/jderogatis/2010/09/nightclubbing-janelle-monae-a-deerhunter-surprise-a-tribute-to-jay-bennett-and-more/37743 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 467px; height: 312px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-11/sep-21-janelle.jpg" alt="" title="" /><br /><em>Janelle Monae</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">The most exciting artist performing in town this weekend isn't even headlining, but if the annual conference of Public Radio Program Directors wasn't taking me out of town -- there ain't no party like a public radio programmers party and the public radio programmers party don't stop -- no way I'd miss it.<!--break--> </p><p style="text-align: left;"><a href="../jderogatis/2010/06/the-best-albums-of-2010-so-far/25945#more-25945">As noted when I ran down the best albums of the year so far</a> midway through the annum, <strong><a href="http://www.jmonae.com/">Janelle Monae</a> </strong>has given us a stunning full-length debut with her genre-defying, mind-warping, but always ultra-groovy and insanely melodic concept album, &quot;ArchAndroid.&quot; She'll be opening at the Riviera Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday for the overrated second-tier Elephant 6 glam-disco/theatrical-rock band <strong>Of Montreal</strong>, whose recent album &quot;False Priest&quot; is a real stinker. But if Monae is half as crazy brilliant onstage as she is on album, she alone will be worth <a href="http://event.etix.com/ticket/online/frontDoor.jsp?performance_id=1292768&amp;cobrand=jamusa">the $22 ticket price.</a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 420px; height: 542px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-11/sept-24-deerhunter.jpg" alt="" title="" /><br /><em>Bradford Cox of Deerhunter and friend</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">Usually I scoff at corporate-sponsored &quot;surprise shows&quot; announced at the last minute in &quot;secret locations&quot; and intended primarily to hype us on some obnoxious hipster product. But I love psychedelic pop genius <strong><a href="http://jimdero.com/News2008/Deerhunterlivecolumn.htm">Bradford Cox</a></strong> and his band <strong><a href="http://www.myspace.com/deerhunter">Deerhunter</a></strong> so much, I'll break my usual rule and give this one a plug: Levi's and Urban Outfitters are presenting a &quot;Secret Generator Series&quot; of concerts at unlikely locales in several cities across the country, and Cox and Deerhunter will perform a free gig tomorrow, the time and location of which only was announced yesterday afternoon: 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kennedy Expressway underpass at 560 W. Grand and the Chicago River&sbquo;&nbsp; (and won't that pretty locale be a joy?).</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 460px; height: 311px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-11/Sept-24-Bennett.jpg" alt="" title="" /><br /><em>The late Jay Bennett</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">A much more worthy cause to support on Saturday is the <strong>Tribute to Jay Bennett</strong>, the influential and much-loved musician best known for his contributions to Wilco, <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/music/2009/05/jay_bennett_dead_at_age_45.html">who died last May</a>. In addition to heralding and benefiting the recently established <a href="http://rockproper.com/JayBennettFoundation/">Jay Bennett Foundation</a>, the show will celebrate the posthumous release of Bennett's last solo album, &quot;Kicking at the Perfumed Air.&quot; The music kicks off at 7 p.m. at <a href="http://www.subt.net/">Subterranean</a>, and performers include Edward Burch and the Third Verse Quiets, David Vandervelde, Steve Frisbie, Dorian Taj, and members of Dolly Varden, among others. The donation is $10.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="601" width="499" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-11/sept-24-District-97-850x1024.jpg" /><br /><em>District 97</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">Finally, this weekend brings us two shows by two of my favorite up-and-coming local bands. <strong><a href="http://district97.net/">District 97</a> </strong>is a wildly ambitious progressive-rock group whose youth belies its accomplishments onstage and on its new &quot;Hybrid Child&quot; CD. The band is celebrating that release at a free all-ages show at 12:30 Saturday afternoon as part of Columbia College's Dance Center Anniversary at Studio 200 in the 1306 S. Michigan building.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 453px; height: 413px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-11/sept-24-maybenauts.jpg" alt="" title="" /><br /><em>The Maybenauts</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">And, one more option for Saturday night, that wonderfully melodic, high-energy glam-punk band <strong><a href="http://www.myspace.com/maybenauts">the Maybenauts</a></strong> open at 8 p.m. at <a href="http://www.cubbybear.com/">the Cubby Bear</a> for the washed-up but still inexplicably ticking D-level alternative-era rock band <strong>Spacehog.</strong> <a href="http://www.q101.com/music/concertcalendar/Details.aspx?ID=127570">Tickets are<strong> </strong>free via the washed-up but still inexplicably ticking alternative-era radio station Q101.</a><strong> </strong></p></p> Fri, 24 Sep 2010 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/jderogatis/2010/09/nightclubbing-janelle-monae-a-deerhunter-surprise-a-tribute-to-jay-bennett-and-more/37743 Nightclubbing: Peter Stampfel, Titus Andronicus, "The Wall," and more http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/nightclubbing-peter-stampfel-titus-andronicus-wall%C2%9D-and-more <p><p style="text-align: center;"><em><img height="309" width="291" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-12/2010-09-17 peter stampfel.jpg" alt="" title="" /><br />Peter Stampfel, godfather of freak-folk</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Ah, Fall is in the air and things are cooling down climactically and heating up artistically as the music moves back into the clubs. My top pick this weekend: a rare local appearance by the legendary '60s musician <strong>Peter Stampfel, </strong>as good a choice as any for the godfather of freak-folk. <!--break-->After first making his mark in the fertile mid-'60s scene of the East Village as a member of <strong>the Fugs</strong> -- his voice rises loud and clear from amid the din and clatter of the marathon recording sessions that produced that group's first few albums, and he was the auteur behind such enduring classics as &quot;New Amphetamine Shriek&quot; -- Stampfel founded the enduringly influential <strong>Holy Modal Rounders, </strong>whose fans included playwright and drummer Sam Shepard, among many others. Eventually, he embarked on a sporadic but fruitful solo career that continues to this day, equally parts pure insanity and deep, knowledgeable homage to American roots music. (Stampfel's many exploits are lovingly charted in <a href="http://www.furious.com/perfect/stampfel.html">this long interview</a> conducted by my friend Jason Gross of the superb Web zine Perfect Sound Forever.) Marc Lipkin of Alligator Records is another fan, and when he had occasion to ask the guitarist, banjo player, fiddler, and singer why he hasn't performed in Chicago in a decade and a half, Stampfel apparently responded that no one's gotten him a gig. That rectified, he will perform at the always welcoming <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/">Hideout</a> at 9 p.m. Saturday after openers the Cairo Gang. Tickets are $10.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-36932" href="/jderogatis/2010/09/nightclubbing-peter-stampfel-titus-andronicus-%e2%80%9cthe-wall%e2%80%9d-and-more/36929 /electric-six"><img height="266" width="450" alt="" class="size-full wp-image-36932" title="electric six" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//electric-six.jpg" /></a><br /><em>Electric Six</em><br />&nbsp;</p><p>Tonight, a great way to kick the weekend off with gonzo sounds of a different style and another generation can be found at <a href="http://www.doubledoor.com/">the Double Door</a> with <strong><a href="http://www.myspace.com/electricsixmusic">the Electric Six</a>. </strong>I haven't written about the group <a href="http://jimdero.com/News2007/ElectricSix.htm">in a while,</a> but I'm a fan of most of its antics -- especially onstage -- and it tops a strong bill that starts at 9 with Javelins and the Constellations. The cover is $12.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-36933" href="/jderogatis/2010/09/nightclubbing-peter-stampfel-titus-andronicus-%e2%80%9cthe-wall%e2%80%9d-and-more/36929 /titus"><img height="338" width="450" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-12/2010-09-17 titus.jpg" /></a><br /><em>Titus Andronicus</em></p><p>Another option on Saturday is the return of <strong><a href="http://www.myspace.com/titusandronicus">Titus Andronicus</a>, </strong>which did ample justice to its stellar recent album &quot;The Monitor&quot; when<strong> </strong>Patrick Stickles and his bandmates made their second appearance <a href="../jderogatis/2010/07/pitchfork-day-2-titus-andronicus-raekwon-and-jon-spencer-blues-explosion/30216">at the Pitchfork Music Festival</a> last summer. Male Bonding and Free Energy start the noise at <a href="http://www.metrochicago.com/">Metro</a> at 9 p.m., but equally exciting as the headliner is the penultimate act on the bill, noise-pop wonders <strong><a href="../jderogatis/2010/08/album-review-best-coast-%E2%80%9Ccrazy-for-you%E2%80%9D/32368">Best Coast</a>. </strong>Tickets are $17 in advance or $19 on the day of the show.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-36934" href="/jderogatis/2010/09/nightclubbing-peter-stampfel-titus-andronicus-%e2%80%9cthe-wall%e2%80%9d-and-more/36929 /caw"><img height="299" width="450" alt="" class="size-full wp-image-36934" title="caw" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//caw.jpg" /></a><br /><em>CAW!&nbsp;CAW!</em><br />&nbsp;</p><p>On the local tip, psychedelic noise-rockers <strong><a href="http://www.myspace.com/cawcawmusic">CAW! CAW!</a> </strong>continue to promote their first full-length album &quot;Bummer Palace,&quot; follow-up to a strong 2008 EP called &quot;Wait Outside.&quot; They perform at <a href="http://emptybottle.com/home.php">the Empty Bottle</a> on Sunday after Ortolan and We Are Country Mice starting at 7 p.m. The cover is a beyond-reasonable $3. Finally, we come to the shows that will dominate the next week in Chicago: the incredible four-night stand by Pink Floyd founder <strong><a href="http://www.roger-waters.com/">Roger Waters</a></strong>, performing that group's double album &quot;The Wall&quot; on the occasion of its 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary<strong> </strong>at the United Center on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-36935" href="/jderogatis/2010/09/nightclubbing-peter-stampfel-titus-andronicus-%e2%80%9cthe-wall%e2%80%9d-and-more/36929 /roger-waters-gg"><img height="338" width="450" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-12/2010-09-17 roger waters.jpg" /><br /></a><em>You can call him &quot;Pink&quot;</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Intellectually, I hear and agree with all of the objections: &quot;The Wall&quot; always was at best a guilty pleasure -- a superficial, cartoon version of Pink Floyd at its best; Waters never will be as strong on his own as he is with the band, and while <a href="../jderogatis/2010/07/it-aint-pink-floyd-but-you-might-see-god-anyway/29896">David Gilmour has promised to drop in to one of these gigs</a>, I doubt that it will happen in Chicago; there have been some very bad live versions of the solo Waters &quot;Wall&quot; over the years, including the one marking the destruction of that other barricade of some renown in Berlin; the show is brought to us by the hateful Ticketmaster/Live Nation conglomerate, which is beyond ironic, given that Waters has spent his life railing against the impending fascist state being created by Orwellian mega-corporations; the best seats are priced at an obnoxious $250 each, plus egregious service fees, and, most of all, nostalgia is the worst enemy of great rock 'n' roll, and these shows in 2010 will never and could never be as great as the experience I had as a 16-year-old lucky enough to see one of the handful of original gigs that Pink Floyd played to trumpet the release of the album at the Nassau Coliseum in February 1980. </p><p>Emotionally, I can't help myself; I'm stoked. &quot;So you thought you might like to go to the show/To feel the warm thrill of confusion/That space cadet glow&quot;? <em>Heck, yeah: Count me in!</em></p></p> Fri, 17 Sep 2010 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/nightclubbing-peter-stampfel-titus-andronicus-wall%C2%9D-and-more Nightclubbing: Adventures in Modern Music/Sƒ³nar, old-school prog and new-wave shoegaze, Pavement redux, and more http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/nightclubbing-adventures-modern-musics%C6%92%C2%B3nar-old-school-prog-and-new-wave-shoegaze <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-36546" href="/jderogatis/2010/09/nightclubbing-adventures-in-modern-musicsonar-old-school-prog-and-new-wave-shoegaze-pavement-redux-and-more/36545 /logo-sonar-chicago"><img height="196" width="400" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-36546" title="logo-sonar-chicago" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//logo-sonar-chicago.jpg" alt="" /></a></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>After kicking off with the great guitar maestro Rhys Chatham at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Wednesday, the <strong>&quot;Adventures in Modern Music&quot; </strong>series sponsored by <a href="http://emptybottle.com/">the Empty Bottle</a> and <a href="http://www.thewire.co.uk/">the Wire</a> magazine -- and taking place this year in collaboration with S&fnof;&sup3;nar<strong> </strong>as its first U.S. festival -- continues starting at 9 tonight with cutting-edge sounds from Rangda, the magnificent <strong>Efterklang</strong>, Michael Zerang/the Jim Baker Duo, and Buke &amp; Gass at the club at 1035 N. Western. (The cover is $15.)<!--break--></p><p>On Saturday, the lineup is High Places, Wooden Shjips, Julian Lynch, and Ahleuchatistas, and on Sunday, it's the bone-rattling <strong>CAVE</strong>, Cloudland Canyon, and&sbquo;&nbsp;Helen Money. More information can be found on the Empty Bottle's site, or at the S&fnof;&sup3;nar Web site <a href="http://www.sonarchicago.com/en/noticies.php?id=114">here</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-36548" href="/jderogatis/2010/09/nightclubbing-adventures-in-modern-musicsonar-old-school-prog-and-new-wave-shoegaze-pavement-redux-and-more/36545 /acoustic-strawbs-2-2"><img height="320" width="400" class="size-full wp-image-36548" title="Acoustic-Strawbs-2" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Acoustic-Strawbs-21.jpg" alt="" /><br /></a><em>Acoustic Strawbs</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Progressive music from an earlier generation can be heard tonight at <a href="http://www.abbeypub.com/">the Abbey Pub</a>, which is hosting <strong>the Acoustic Strawbs</strong>, contemporaries of Yes, Genesis, Renaissance, and Emerson, Lake &amp; Palmer when those bands all were pretty exciting (and yes, kids, there was a time, way back in the early '70s). Opening at 7:30 is Chicago's own Ken Kesey/Merry Prankster, psychedelic-rock maven Sir Plastic Crimewave.&sbquo;&nbsp; Tickets are $20 via Ticketfly.com</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-36549" href="/jderogatis/2010/09/nightclubbing-adventures-in-modern-musicsonar-old-school-prog-and-new-wave-shoegaze-pavement-redux-and-more/36545 /apteka-9-11-10-copy"><img height="619" width="400" alt="" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-36549" title="apteka-9-11-10 copy" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//apteka-9-11-10-copy-662x1024.jpg" /></a></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Staying on the psychedelic tip, <a href="http://www.subt.net/">Subterranean</a> is hosting a strong bill of modern shoegazer bands starting at 9 tomorrow night and featuring <strong>Apteka</strong>, Sissy Mena, Secret Colours, and Kam. The cover is $8, and the gig is open to those 17 and over.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-36550" href="/jderogatis/2010/09/nightclubbing-adventures-in-modern-musicsonar-old-school-prog-and-new-wave-shoegaze-pavement-redux-and-more/36545 /paul-natkin"><img height="300" width="200" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-12/2010-09-10 paul natkin.jpg" alt="" title="" /><br /></a><em>Paul&nbsp;Natkin</em><a rel="attachment wp-att-36550" href="/jderogatis/2010/09/nightclubbing-adventures-in-modern-musicsonar-old-school-prog-and-new-wave-shoegaze-pavement-redux-and-more/36545 /paul-natkin"><br /></a>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-36551" href="/jderogatis/2010/09/nightclubbing-adventures-in-modern-musicsonar-old-school-prog-and-new-wave-shoegaze-pavement-redux-and-more/36545 /alicepeacock3"><img height="288" width="395" class="size-full wp-image-36551" title="alicepeacock3" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//alicepeacock3.jpg" alt="" /><br /></a><em>Alice&nbsp;Peacock</em></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p>Also on Saturday, <a href="http://www.lincolnhallchicago.com/">Lincoln Hall</a> is celebrating the opening of a show by ace Chicago rock photog <strong>Paul Natkin </strong>with a gig by singer and songwriter <strong>Alice Peacock</strong> to benefit Rock for Reading. The festivities start at 7 p.m., and tickets are available in advance for $20 through the club's Web site.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a rel="attachment wp-att-36552" href="/jderogatis/2010/09/nightclubbing-adventures-in-modern-musicsonar-old-school-prog-and-new-wave-shoegaze-pavement-redux-and-more/36545 /pavement2"><img height="293" width="500" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-12/2010-09-10 pavement.jpg" alt="" title="" /><br /></a><em>Pavement</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Finally, if you didn't have a chance to witness alternative-rock heroes <strong>Pavement </strong>at the Pitchfork Music Festival earlier this summer -- or if you'd like to see the postmodern pop stars strut their stuff one more time before their reunion jaunt plays out -- the group returns to the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on Monday. No Age opens at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15 to $40 plus egregious service fees through the dreaded Ticketmaster.</p></p> Fri, 10 Sep 2010 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/nightclubbing-adventures-modern-musics%C6%92%C2%B3nar-old-school-prog-and-new-wave-shoegaze Nightclubbing: North Coast Music Festival, I,Crime, the New Colony Six, and more http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/nightclubbing-north-coast-music-festival-icrime-new-colony-six-and-more <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/jderogatis/2010/09/nightclubbing-north-coast-music-festival-icrime-the-new-colony-six-and-more/34662 /icrime" rel="attachment wp-att-34664"><img height="450" width="304" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//icrime.jpg" title="icrime" class="size-full wp-image-34664" alt="" /></a> <br /><em>I,Crime</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Here is a look at this week's best bets for live music.<!--break--> </p><p>Once again, the weekend is dominated by a big outdoor music fest. This one is a new arrival on the scene -- <a href="http://www.northcoastfestival.com/">the North Coast Music Festival</a> -- but it's taking place in a familiar location, Union Park on the West Side, now best known in the rock world as the home of the annual Pitchfork Music Fest.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/jderogatis/2010/09/nightclubbing-north-coast-music-festival-icrime-the-new-colony-six-and-more/34662 /ncmf_logo_web" rel="attachment wp-att-34663"><img height="212" width="194" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//ncmf_logo_web.png" title="ncmf_logo_web" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-34663" /></a></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>North Coast is more Lollapalooza than Pitchfork in terms of having a relatively scattered and unfocused aesthetic. Silver Wrapper Productions, a local promotions company in its tenth year doing street festivals and shows at the Logan Square Auditorium, is one of the key entities behind the shindig, and got its start in the jam scene. But the North Coast lineup can't neatly be pegged to any one genre -- there's some electronica, some hip-hop, some jam stuff -- and that's both a strength and a weakness.</p><p>Key acts in the lineup tonight include <strong>the Chemical Brothers </strong>and<strong> Paul Van Dyk. </strong>On Saturday, there's <strong>Umphrey's McGee, Jay Electronica, Grace Potter &amp; the Nocturnals, De La Soul, </strong>and <strong>Moby </strong>doing a DJ set, and Sunday brings <strong>Nas </strong>with<strong> Damian Marley, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Lupe Fiasco</strong>, and<strong> the Disco Biscuits, </strong>among others. </p><p>The full lineup can be found on the festival Web site, and tickets are $40 per day or $85 for a three-day pass. </p><p style="text-align: left;">Back in the clubs, a solid option tonight is the atmospheric and moody indie-rock band <strong>I,Crime </strong>from Detroit, which is sharing a bill starting at 9 p.m. with locals Model N at <a href="http://www.quenchers.com/">Quenchers</a> at Fullerton and Western in Logan Square. The group's been hitting Chicago regularly, and this time, it's celebrating its new album, &quot;Spread Like Water/Block The Sun.&quot; It cites English art-punks Wire and L.A. legends X among its influences -- never a bad thing in my book -- but rather than slavish imitators, these musicians share those group's smart but aggressive, minimalist but ambitious aesthetics. Check out the song &quot;Fight&quot; on the band's <a href="http://www.myspace.com/icrime">MySpace page</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/jderogatis/2010/09/nightclubbing-north-coast-music-festival-icrime-the-new-colony-six-and-more/34662 /hewlett-packard" rel="attachment wp-att-34665"><img height="183" width="200" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-12/2010-09-04 zender.jpg" /></a><br /><em>Tommi Zender</em></p><p style="text-align: left;"><br /><br />Taking the stage at <a href="http://www.martyrslive.com/">Martyrs'</a> on Saturday night, the versatile genre-hopping multi-instrumentalist <a href="http://www.tommizender.com/">Tommi Zender</a> holds forth in the middle of a bill that starts with fellow locals Machinegun Mojo at 9:30 p.m. and is headlined by Chicago's Bakelite Army. The cover is $8. </p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/jderogatis/2010/09/nightclubbing-north-coast-music-festival-icrime-the-new-colony-six-and-more/34662 /the-new-colony-six_1" rel="attachment wp-att-34666"><img height="252" width="252" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-12/2010-09-04 new colony six.jpg" /></a><br /><em>The New Colony Six, back in the day</em></p><p style="text-align: left;"><br />Finally, it will be a primo Chicago garage-rock flashback at <a href="http://www.reggieslive.com/musicjoint/">Reggies Music Joint</a> tomorrow when <strong>the New Colony Six</strong> headlines a lineup that starts at 8 p.m. with Go Hang, Blue Road, the Bama Lamas, and fellow '60s veterans the Mauds. It's the latest installment of a cool series of garage nights at the friendly South Side club -- which is fitting, because it once <em>was </em>a garage -- and tickets are $10.</p></p> Fri, 03 Sep 2010 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/nightclubbing-north-coast-music-festival-icrime-new-colony-six-and-more Nightclubbing: White Mystery, Big Science, farewell to the Mopery, and more http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/nightclubbing-white-mystery-big-science-farewell-mopery-and-more <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="600" width="400" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-12/2010-08-27 whitemystery.jpg" alt="" /> <br /><em>White&nbsp;Mystery</em></p><p style="text-align: left;"><br />As summer (finally) draws to a close, things remain pretty sleepy in the club and theater world, and/or dazed from festival hangover. But there still are some fine shows flying just below the radar.<!--break--> </p><p>Rapidly building a well-deserved national buzz, the take-no-prisoners garage[punk duo <a href="http://www.myspace.com/whitemysteryband">White Mystery</a> tops the bill at <a href="http://www.lincolnhallchicago.com/">Lincoln Hall</a> tonight. The awe-inspiring Miss Alex White and her brother, drummer, and musical partner Francis are still riding high on the March release of their self-titled D.I.Y. debut album--one tune just got picked up to provide the soundtrack to a jeans commercial--and they share a strong lineup this evening with local orchestral popsters <strong>the 1900s</strong> (gearing up for the release of their next disc, &quot;Return of the Century&quot;) and Lover starting at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="274" width="477" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//blanefonda.jpg" title="blanefonda" class="size-full wp-image-34673" /><br /><em>Blane Fonda</em><br /><code> </code></p><p style="text-align: left;">Another buzzed local combo with a less aggressive, more groovy sound is <a href="http://www.myspace.com/blanefonda">Blane Fonda</a>. The group is part of a full bill starting at 8 tonight at <a href="http://www.darkroombar.com/">the Darkroom</a>, and the lineup also features Rabbit Children, the Duke of Dark, and Equalizer featuring the Melismatics. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. </p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="368" width="477" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//bigscience.jpg" title="bigscience" class="size-full wp-image-34674" /><br /><em>Big&nbsp;Science</em><br />&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: left;">One more from the local buzz bin: <a href="http://www.myspace.com/bigscienceband">Big Science</a> builds on that post-punk dance-rock merger so beloved by every band from Brooklyn, but it takes the strengths of that sound -- the melody, the brains, the grooves -- and loses the bad stuff (namely, the art-school pretensions). It tops the lineup at <a href="http://www.bottomlounge.com/">the Bottom Lounge</a> during a show that kicks off at 9 p.m. with Camera, the Kickback, and Post Honeymoon, brought to you by <a href="http://chicagoindieradio.org/">ChIRP</a>, the Chicago Indie Radio Project. The cover is $8, or $5 with a band flyer or special code. </p><p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="317" width="478" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//papermice.jpg" title="papermice" class="size-full wp-image-34675" /> <br /><em>Paper Mice</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">Finally, on a sadder note, the low-profile but high-quality performance space known as <a href="http://themoperychicago.blogspot.com/">the Mopery</a> is calling it quits with one final show starting at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Located at 2734 N. Milwaukee, the Mopery popped up plenty of times in past months as the local stop on the roster of cool underground groups on tour, and it was a great place for local bands to play, too, though it maintained an intentionally low profile. Now, a staggering lineup of local bands is turning up to bid farewell: Lechuguillas, Running, Loose Dudes, Paper Mice, Bad Drugs, Unmanned Ship, Sun Splitter, ONO, Mark Solotroff, Jason Soliday, Battleship, Sunglasses, and Tiger Hatchery. The music starts at 9, and a few more details can be found <a href="http://events.myspace.com/External/MySpace/Event/View/6347384#ixzz0xBj8HP4q">here</a>.</p></p> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/nightclubbing-white-mystery-big-science-farewell-mopery-and-more