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Friday, February 4th:
- Luster is hosting a record release show at the Beat Kitchen before hitting the road for a bit with their heartbreaking balladry. Twin Tigers open with their Athens, GA blend of garage/shoegaze.
- It doesn’t take the promo pics of the Moondoggies gentlemen all dressed in flannel to let you know they hail from the same home as Band of Horses and Fleet Foxes: the music does the talking. Catch their sweet harmonies at the Hideout.
- Get down with the swagger of Tin Tin Can at the Viaduct Theater. Opening the show is Distractions, who I am placing at the top of my list for next Chicago band to get national attention. They’re reminiscent of a wide variety of laid back 60s sounds (r&b, lounge, girl-group) without sounding derivative. Catch ‘em local while you still can.
- I can’t stress enough how awesome Shapers are live. Hideout goes 2/2 this weekend hosting the kraut/noise psychedelics, supported by Roommate.
- If you’re looking for a little bit more soul, funk and brass in your weekend, get to the Metro where locals JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound open for Fitz and the Tantrums. Check out their cover of Wilco’s ‘I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.’
- Also this night, Grape Juice Records and the Double Door bring the Windy City Winter Ball. Aside from the hard rockin' Detroit Cobras backed by locals Hollows and Rambos, there’ll be a best-dressed competition, a GlitterGuts photobooth and drinks sponsored by Sailor Jerry.
- Really? Can it be possible? You're damn right the Hideout goes three for three this weekend, with what’s certainly going to beat anything the NFL happens to come up with that night. Local jazz great Fred Lonberg-Holm recruits Joan of Arc as his Lightbox Orchestra, conducting them with, well, a lightbox. No Bears, so you shouldn’t care about the Super Bowl anyway.