Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Go To There: February 7 - 13

By Andrew Hertzberg

Occidental Brothers Dance Band International
Tuesday, February 7th: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour at Lincoln Hall
You probably know this Danish band for their catchy brass led pop of 'Around the Bend' that floated around a few commercials and movies over the past few years, but the band is currently on tour on the heels of their most recent release and have been getting a lot of buzz for their energetic live shows.

Wednesday, February 8th: Occidental Brothers Dance Band International at the Whistler (10 PM, 21+, FREE)
Switch things up a bit with some Afro-pop at a cocktail bar tonight. Although based in Chicago, OBDBI have their roots actually back to Congo and Ghana and have played renowned festivals around the world.

Thursday, February 9th: Michael Lux and the Bad Sons at Empty Bottle  (9:30 PM, 21+, $8 or free w/ RSVP)
I remember seeing Mr. Lux and the Bad Sons at the Bottle at little bit ago glamming out like fellow local boys Smith Westerns, but the ominous and intriguing music video for their new single 'Salt and Pepper' sounds like the band is going in a bigger and more grandiose direction.

Friday, February 10th: Netherfriends, Secret Colours, Vamos at Empty Bottle  (10 PM, 21+, $8)
Netherfriends is back from touring the Netherlands (and the rest of Europe for that matter). This is the record release show for Middle America, the portion of their 50 songs in 50 states project that captures the Midwest (yes, that includes a track called ‘Chicago, Il’). Psych rockers Secret Colours and sloppy punx Vamos open up.

Saturday, February 11th: Rego at Lincoln Hall (9:30 PM, 18+, $10)
Bam! Another record release show, this time for Rego’s Seconds which Sasha reviewed a couple weeks ago, specifically praising the alt-country songstress for her sense of family while playing live. Bonus: print this coupon from her website and get the CD for free at the show.

Sunday, February 12th: A Lull at Schubas (8 PM, 21+, $5)
A Lull returns to Chicago with a Rock for Kids benefit. The cheap entrance fee not only lets you catch the experimental percussive explosion of indie rock A Lull promises, but you get to support a great cause too. Here’s my review of last year’s Confetti.

Monday, February 13th: Unicycle Loves You at Empty Bottle (9:30 PM, 21+, FREE)
I know you're probably going broke after all of these record release shows, but after all, tis the season after the slow winter months. Honestly, we couldn't be happier and last week, Frank told you why you should get on this record. Celebrate with the band at another excellent free Empty Bottle Monday.

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