Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A few Chicago music news bites

  • Earlier this year Chicago duo Pinto & the Bean took to social networking to come up with their moniker, and now they’re looking for help with a song title. The tune in question is a lively, two-minute little ditty that even whips out a bit of trumpet. You can check out an mp3, lyrics and supply your suggestion at the Facebook event page the duo set up.
  • Many Chicago music fans have been abuzz about last night's Grinderman show at the Riviera. We sadly weren't there, but thankfully our pal Richard Giraldi of Loud Loop Press recounted the performance in his Sun-Times review.
  • Last week we briefly mentioned that a new 7” single was on the way from charmingly breezy Chicago pop act Gold Motel (along with commenting on how one of their songs was randomly used in an Italian chapstick commercial). Since then the band have revealed that the single will drop on November 30. It’s currently available for pre-sale here.
  • What better holiday for some skanking than Thanksgiving? Classic Windy City ska band Heavy Manners are back and are set to play this Friday, November 26 at Beat Kitchen. Skapone and The Crombies are also in the lineup. The show will be dedicated to accomplished Chicago sound man Mark Zerang, who died from cancer two weeks ago. Zerang was the band's long-time sound engineer.

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