|Disappears (photo: Kate O'Neil)|
February will certainly not be short on excuses to pull on the snow boots and march into the cold, but I thought I'd highlight a few of the show choices here because I know it can take more than a little motivation to get out there and into the snow.
This Friday, February 4, the Empty Bottle hosts local minimalist rock outfit Disappears and the release show for their new record Guider. The record is great (more on that to come), and this will be Disappears' last time in Chicago for a bit as they leave for Europe on Sunday. The band is set to head out on tour on the heels of the record and no doubt add to Chicago's musical reputation. Expect the Bottle to be packed to see them off. They will be supported by Brain Idea and Tyler Jon Tyler. Get tickets here.
|Justin Townes Earle (photo: Joshua Black Wilkins)|
A day later you can catch Grape Juice Records 2011 Showcase Series #1 at Subterranean. The night will feature a great Chicago lineup including Julie Meckler, Rachele Eve, Jon Drake and the Shakes and Chaperone.
Finally, on Saturday, February 26th, Smith Westerns return home to Chicago for a show at the Empty Bottle on the heels of the very well-reviewed new album Dye It Blonde.
So if the snow turns to abysmal grey slush and the winter starts to look endless, take your escapes where you can get 'em people. We're in Chicago, we've got plenty!