WBEZ | Nightclubbing http://www.wbez.org/tags/nightclubbing-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Halloween cover bands frighteningly good fun http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/halloween-cover-bands-frighteningly-good-fun <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2010-October/2010-10-27/suns.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For the last decade or more, the Chicago club scene has embraced Halloween with the unique tradition of local bands transmogrifying onstage into some of their musical heroes, donning the costumes and playing some of the songs that they grew up loving, or which inspired them to make music of their own in the first place.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a fine chance to see groups that we think we know showing us another, sometimes unexpected side of themselves, and I&rsquo;m a bit disappointed to see that fewer clubs are upholding the tradition this holiday weekend. Here is a look at the best of those who are, as well as a few other frighteningly festive picks.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="334" src="http://wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-October/2010-10-26/suns.jpg" alt="" /></p><p>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.schubas.com/">Schubas</a> is kicking things off early with its Halloween show starting at 8 tonight. After the international premiere screening of the independent film &ldquo;Life by Numbers,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.myspace.com/victorianhalls">Victorian Halls</a> will take the stage as Brand New, <a href="http://www.myspace.com/republicoflights">Republic of Lights</a> and Kevin Thomas will become the Strokes, and <a href="http://www.myspace.com/sunsband">Suns</a> will channel Black Sabbath. <span style="line-height: 200%;">Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="333" src="http://wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-October/2010-10-26/Canasta.jpg" alt="" /></p><p><a href="http://www.abbeypub.com/">The Abbey Pub</a> is presenting not one but two nights of alter-ego fun. Starting on Friday night at 8:30, Sentinels will become the MC5; the lovable ork-pop band <a href="http://www.myspace.com/canasta">Canasta</a> will be Elton John; <a href="http://www.myspace.com/whosthismary">Who&rsquo;s This Mary</a>, the Cure; <a href="http://www.myspace.com/epicycle">Ellis Clark &amp; Epicycle</a>, the Beatles; <a href="http://www.myspace.com/thepenthousesweets">Penthouse Sweets</a>, the Kinks, and <a href="http://www.myspace.com/tomorrowthemoon">Tomorrow the Moon</a>, Pink Floyd. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="332" src="http://wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-October/2010-10-26/delafields.jpg" alt="" /></p><p>Saturday at the Abbey is just as promising, with Androstache as the Pretenders; <a href="http://www.myspace.com/curtisevans">Curtis Evans</a> as Nirvana; <a href="http://www.myspace.com/thedelafields">the Delafields</a>, New Order; <a href="http://www.myspace.com/thewebstirs">the Webstirs</a>, the Beach Boys; <a href="http://www.myspace.com/philangotti">Phil Angotti</a>, Buddy Holly, and ZZ Listening, ZZ Top. Once again, the show starts at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="402" src="http://wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-October/2010-10-26/huskers.jpg" alt="" /></p><p>This year, for its 14<sup>th</sup> annual Halloween Bash, <a href="http://www.doubledoor.com/">Double Door</a> has boiled down what in the past has been two or three nights of festivities to one strong evening starting at 9 p.m. Saturday. <a href="http://www.myspace.com/thelastvegas">The Last Vegas</a> will become Aerosmith; <a href="http://www.myspace.com/themidnightshows">the Midnight Shows</a>, Duran Duran; <a href="http://www.myspace.com/blackboxfever">Blackbox</a>, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Husker-Dudes/134787279893120?v=wall">Husker Dudes</a>, Hüsker Dü, and <a href="http://www.myspace.com/sweepsmusic">the Sweeps,</a> the Cars. Tickets are $12 to $20.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="500" height="650" src="http://wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-October/2010-10-26/nocturna.jpg" alt="" /></p><p>Outside of the covers realm, the coolest Halloween happening is, as always, <b style=""><span style="line-height: 200%;">the Annual Nocturna All Hallow's Eve Ball, </span></b><span style="line-height: 200%;">now in its 22<sup>nd</sup> year. </span>DJ Scary Lady Sarah will return to her old stomping grounds to once again reign as queen of the local Goth scene, spinning the best of that genre as well as industrial, death-rock, ethereal, shoegaze, darkwave, dark indie, and more, and, needless to say, the costumes won&rsquo;t be edgier anywhere. The unholy doings start at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, and they include a costume contest. Tickets are $16 for those in costume, or $19 for those who&rsquo;ve wimped out.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="298" height="425" src="http://wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-October/2010-10-26/misfits.jpg" alt="" /></p><p>For the nostalgia-mined&mdash;or at least the nostalgia-minded who don&rsquo;t mind that the band never has been the same without <a href="http://www.break.com/pictures/glenn-danzig-buying-kitty-litter">Glenn Danzig</a>&mdash;New Jersey horror-punks <a href="http://www.myspace.com/themisfits/">the Misfits</a> perform at 7:30 p.m. on Halloween Sunday at the Vic Theatre. Juicehead and the Turbo Vamps open, and tickets are $22.50 via <a href="http://jamusa.com/">jamusa.com</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="501" height="780" src="http://wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2010-October/2010-10-26/monarch.jpg" alt="" /></p><p>&nbsp;Finally, we come to my choice for the most bone-rattling, blood-chilling lineup of original music this holiday season, the three-band lineup Sunday night at <a href="http://hideoutchicago.com/">the Hideout</a> (a very friendly place, of course, but that sparsely populated stretch of Elston can be pretty spooky). &ldquo;Halloween Doom&rdquo; kicks off at 9 p.m. and features the Chicago doom band <a href="http://www.myspace.com/indiandoom">Indian</a>, French metal maestros <a href="http://www.myspace.com/monarchuberalles">Monarch!</a> , and Chicago monsters of rock <a href="http://www.myspace.com/rabidrabbitlives">Rabid Rabbit</a><b>. </b>The cover is $10 (and bring your earplugs!).</p></p> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/halloween-cover-bands-frighteningly-good-fun 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 Nightclubbing: Slayer, the Avalon reunion, Canasta, Mumiy Troll, and more http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/nightclubbing-slayer-avalon-reunion-canasta-mumiy-troll-and-more <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="300" width="401" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-12/2010-08-20 slayer1.jpg" /> <br /><em>The mighty Slayer</em></p><p style="text-align: center;">The UIC Pavilion really is a lousy place to see a concert&mdash;more even than the United Center or the Allstate Arena, it can never shake that sports dome ambience, and of course the sound is miserable&mdash;and I never have been much of a fan of openers Testament or Megadeth, despite the love that the latter&rsquo;s bandleader has been getting of late <a onclick="pageTracker._trackPageview('/outgoing/leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/turn_it_up/2010/08/megadeths-dave-mustaine-says-he-and-metallica-have-hugged-out.html?referer=http%3A%2F%2F208.100.14.212%2Fblog%2Fderogatis%2Fpage%2F5');" href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/turn_it_up/2010/08/megadeths-dave-mustaine-says-he-and-metallica-have-hugged-out.html">for his new autobiography</a>. None of that will matter a whit, however, when the indomitable <strong>Slayer </strong>takes the stage: Quite simply, it is one of the best live bands you&rsquo;ll ever see. Regardless of whether you think you like death metal or not, you owe it to yourself to once in your life put your head into this blender. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $10 to $59 through the dreaded <a onclick="pageTracker._trackPageview('/outgoing/www.ticketmaster.com/?referer=http%3A%2F%2F208.100.14.212%2Fblog%2Fderogatis%2Fpage%2F5');" href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/">Ticketmaster</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="358" width="390" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-12/tokyopoliceclub.jpg" /></p><p>On a more tuneful but still high-energy tip, <strong>Tokyo Police Club </strong>headlines <a href="http://www.metrochicago.com/">Metro</a> tonight; I'm not a big fan of the group's last album, but it's kicked butt every time I've seen it live, including the thankless slot of opening for Weezer at the Allstate Arena in Fall 2008. Freelance Whale and Arkells open starting at 9 p.m., and tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="207" width="326" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//avalon.jpg" title="avalon" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-34255" /></p><p>Remember <strong>the Avalon Niteclub,</strong> that charming dive on the corner of Belmont and Sheffield? Plenty of veteran Chicago scenesters probably wish they could forget it -- or at least that treacherous staircase -- but it had its charms, and hey, it was the site of the first club show I ever reviewed when I got to Chicago. (Trenchmouth! With Fred Armisen on drums!) In any event, you can relive the glory days thanks to former staffers who've organized an Avalon Reunion starting at 9 tonight at <a href="http://www.martyrslive.com/">Martyr's</a> and featuring old club mainstays the Charming Beggars, the Webstirs, and the Delafields, plus veteran Avalon DJs David Floodstrand and Bill Saveley. The cover is $10.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="333" width="500" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Canasta.jpg" title="Canasta" class="size-full wp-image-34257" alt="" /> <br /><em>Canasta</em><br />&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: left;">Don't wanna live in the past? One more solid option for tonight is <strong>Canasta, </strong>the wonderful local ork-pop band that's been working hard behind its exquisite if awkwardly titled new album, &quot;The Fakeout, the Tease and the Breather.&quot; The group precedes Champaign's Elsinore celebrating its new release onstage at <a href="http://www.lincolnhallchicago.com/">Lincoln Hall</a>, but it follows the Bears of Blue River starting at 10 p.m. The cover is $10.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="273" width="500" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Mumiy_Troll1.jpg" title="Mumiy_Troll" class="size-full wp-image-34262" alt="" /> <br /><em>Mumiy Troll</em><br />&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: left;">After Slayer, my second most enthusiastic recommendation for some rock-roll chaos this weekend is the Russian punk/art-noise/New Wave band <strong>Mumiy Troll</strong>, which is making a second rare trip to the U.S., after the one that brought it to SXSW last March, where it was one my festival highlights. Infamously banned by the Communist party in its early days, the group is front by the inimitable Ilya Lagutenko, who brings to mind the John Lydon of early PiL, and he continues to put it all on the line for his art -- unlike the former Mr. Rotten, last seen peddling butter in a British television commercial. Raided on Zenith and Run Run Run open at <a href="http://emptybottle.com/home.php">the Empty Bottle</a> starting at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, and tickets are $25.</p><p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/jderogatis/2010/08/nightclubbing-slayer-the-avalon-reunion-canasta-mumiy-troll-and-more/34252 /matthew-leone-4" rel="attachment wp-att-34263"><img height="369" width="274" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Matthew-Leone3.jpg" title="Matthew-Leone" class="size-full wp-image-34263" /></a> <br /><em>Matthew&nbsp;Leone</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">Finally, following the Smashing Pumpkins' fundraiser for the very good cause of <a href="../jderogatis/2010/07/rimshots-pumpkins-benefit-riot-fest-live-nation-rhymefest/30754#more-30754">Matthew Leone's mounting health care bills</a> a few weeks ago, there are two more benefits this weekend. Leone's band <strong>Madina Lake, </strong>in the guise of an acoustic performance by Nathan Leone and Mateo Camargo, headline at <a href="http://doubledoor.com/">the Double Door</a> after opening sets by AM Taxi, the Fold, the Lifeline, and David Costa starting at 8 p.m.; tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. And the good will continues on Sunday at <a href="http://www.hardrockhotelchicago.com/">the Hard Rock Hotel</a> starting at 7 p.m. with performances by Lovehammers, Kill Hannah, Scott Lucas, Makeshift Prodigy, and the Frantic ($25 at the door). More info can be found on the <a href="http://www.throughthepain.org/">Through the Pain Web site</a>.</p></p> Fri, 20 Aug 2010 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/nightclubbing-slayer-avalon-reunion-canasta-mumiy-troll-and-more Nightclubbing: Witchbanger, Crystal Castles, Boris, Admiral Radley, and more http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/nightclubbing-witchbanger-crystal-castles-boris-admiral-radley-and-more <p><p>Chalk it up to the lingering Lollapalooza hangover or the dog days of summer slowing everybody down, including the folks in club land; whatever the reason, the pickings for great live rock 'n' roll are slim this weekend -- though, as always, there are a few reasons to venture out if you dig a bit.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><!--break--> <br /><img height="199" width="300" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-12/witchbanger.jpg" /><br /><em>Witchbanger</em></p><div>MPshows is bringing two hell-bent-for-leather bills to <a href="http://www.abbeypub.com/">the Abbey Pub</a> tonight and tomorrow. This evening's bill is topped by <strong>Witchbanger</strong>, which asks at the top of its <a href="http://www.myspace.com/witchbanger13">MySpace page</a>, &quot;Can't we all just get a bong?&quot; This is stoner rock, needless to say, and primo stuff at that, with the quintet featuring veterans of Wickerman and the Peelers, among numerous other bands. The noise starts at 8:30 p.m. with LUNGS, I Klatus, and Plague Bringer, and tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. </div><div>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><img height="276" width="369" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//LastFalseHope-300x225.jpg" title="LastFalseHope" class="size-medium wp-image-33804" /><br /><em>Last False Hope</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: left;">Saturday night at the Abbey is headlined by <strong><a href="http://www.myspace.com/lastfalsehopechicago">Last False Hope</a>,</strong> a seven-piece local combo that combines classic bluegrass with street punk and metal, abusing their banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and standup bass like nobody's business. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. with the Cortland Homes and the All-Girl Boys Choir, and tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="267" width="357" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//martha_wainwright.jpg" title="martha_wainwright" class="size-full wp-image-33805" /><br /><em>Martha, not Rufus</em></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>I've never been a huge fan of overly emotive singer and songwriter <strong>Rufus Wainwright</strong> -- though my friend and former colleague Thomas Conner gives him a lot of love in <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/music/2010/08/rufus_wainwright_slows_down_an.html">this Sun-Times column</a> -- but I do adore his sister Martha, and she shares the bill when her brother performs at the Bank of America Theatre at 8 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $58.50 or $48.50 through jamusa.com or the dreaded Ticketmaster.com. </p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="322" width="352" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Boris-300x275.jpg" title="Boris" class="size-medium wp-image-33806" /><br /><em>Boris</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">Back on the loud tip once again, Japanese experimental noise-rockers <strong><a href="http://www.myspace.com/borisdronevil">Boris</a></strong> take the stage tonight at <a href="http://metrochicago.com/">Metro</a>. The group hasn't released a new studio album since &quot;Smile&quot; in 2008, but it's really all about the live experience anyway. The Life &amp; Times and Russian Circles open starting at 9 p.m., and the cover is $18. </p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="238" width="398" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Crystal_Castles_Popped_Music_Festival-300x180.jpg" title="Crystal_Castles_Popped_Music_Festival" class="size-medium wp-image-33810" /><br /><em>Crystal Castles</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">When I first caught the Toronto-based electronic group <strong>Crystal Castles </strong>at SXSW 2008, it blew me away, and its recent second album, appropriately entitled &quot;Crystal Castles II,&quot; is even better than the self-titled 2008 debut. The group performs tonight at the Congress Theatre after Rusko, Sinden, and the Twelves starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster-owned <a href="http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&amp;eventId=1601695">Ticketweb</a>. You can sample Crystal Castles' sounds on its <a href="http://www.myspace.com/crystalcastles">MySpace page</a>, and read Greg Kot's chat with multi-instrumentalist Ethan Kath <a href="http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com/turn_it_up/2010/08/crystal-castles-ethan-kath-discusses-his-musical-partner-alice-glass-i-cant-believe-this-girl-exists.html#more">here</a>. </p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="431" width="300" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//admiral-radley.jpg" title="admiral-radley" class="size-full wp-image-33811" /><br /><em>Admiral Radley</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">Finally, <a href="http://www.lincolnhallchicago.com/">Lincoln Hall's</a> Saturday night also is a strong one, thanks to headliners <strong><a href="http://www.admiralradley.com/listen/">Admiral Radley</a></strong>, a psychedelic-pop supergroup comprised of former Grandaddy bandleader Jason Lytle and Aaron Burtch of that group, plus Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray of the underrated Earlimart. Hooray for Earth opens at 10 p.m., and tickets are $12 in advance or $14 at the door.</p></p> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/nightclubbing-witchbanger-crystal-castles-boris-admiral-radley-and-more