Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Tuesday, January 17th Panda Riot, Advance Base, the Hit Back at Empty Bottle (9:30, 21+, $8)
The dream poppers in Panda Riot headline, but make sure to check out Advance Base, the new moniker of Owen Ashworth, formerly of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone.
Wednesday, January 18th Summer Girlfriends, E+ at Beat Kitchen (8 PM, 21+, $8)
Only half of the four-piece of E+ is playing this show, but they promise "in this format, the tunes are more mellow, groovy and quite ghostly." Summer Girlfriends are sure to be quite the opposite, bringing a post-riot grrrl garage rock.
Northpilot, The Kickback, The Bears of Blue River at Lincoln Hall (7 p.m., all ages, $7).
At LH, it's Left Field Management night for their "Biggest Show Ever," featuring some great Chicago acts you might have read about right here (see our Northpilot EP review and our review of The Kickback's latest).
Thursday, January 19th Archie Powell and the Exports at Quenchers (9 PM, 21+, $5 suggested)
Man, it seems like these guys are taking forever following up Skip Work, right? I guess that's how they sucker you into their live shows. Plus, Archie promises to buy you a Blatz. Not a bad way to spend a Thursday night.
Friday, January 20th Cave, Bill Vermette, Velcro Lewis Group, Killer Moon, Strychnine at Hideout (7 PM, 21+$10)
Night One of the third annual Psych Fest at the Hideout with the inimitable Cave headlining. Get lost in their trancey grooves. Check out this video from Gonzo Chicago of them playing on a flatbed truck down Milwaukee Ave.
Saturday, January 21st Dark Fog, Plastic Crimewave Sound, Rabble Rabble, Verma, Red Plastic Buddha at Hideout (7 PM, 21+$10)
And just in case you didn't have enough from the night before, here's night two of Psych Fest. If the Hideout is somehow still standing after Rabble rabble plays, surely it'll be taken down by Steve Krakow's classic Plastic Crimewave Sound.
Sunday, January 22nd Gaberdine at Subterranean (8 PM, 21+, $8)
After all that psych-rock, better take it down a notch. Gaberdine headlines at Subt, although I'm not sure how the six members will themselves and all their instruments on the tiny stage. Read my review of their performance opening for Low last year.
Monday, January 23rd Wally Dogger, Pinto and the Bean, Mutts, Otter Petter at Empty Bottle (9:30 PM, 21+, FREE)
Free Monday nights strike again, providing big sounds from small bands. At the heart of the lineup is the gravely three piece Mutts and duo of Pinto and the Bean (read Frank's review of their debut album The Waiting Place).