By Andrew Hertzberg
Quimbys (7 PM, AA, FREE)
Take a break from blasting your ears and hear Tim Kinsella (Joan of Arc, Make Believe, Cap’n Jazz) read a bit from his book The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self Defense. Also reading is Adam Levin, who recently released a collection of ten stories in Hot Pink.
Wednesday, March 14th ????
My choice for this week was gonna be Grimes at the Empty Bottle, but that one is long sold out. Instead, use this night to discover (re-discover?) your Chicago roots. We shine a big light on rock clubs here at WCR, but let’s not forget about the blues and jazz joints like Rosa’s Lounge, Kingston Mines, Fitzgerald's, Andy’s, and the Green Mill amongst others that make this city’s music scene diverse and vibrant.
Thursday, March 15th Matthew Santos at Schubas (9 PM, 21+, $12)
You may not know it, but you’ve heard Matthew Santos. He collaborated with Lupe Fiasco on numerous tracks, including the ubiquitous ‘Superstar.’ His personal style is much different from Lupe’s (acoustic soul-folk as opposed to hip-hop), but his voice still shines front and center. His second album, Quickly Disappearing, was released in January.
Friday, March 16th the Tossers at the Metro (8 PM, 18+, $17 adv / $19 dos)
Start your St. Patty’s Day weekend early (if you haven’t already). I remember seeing these guys open for Flogging Molly a while ago, and then wondering why Flogging Molly was more famous and less good. Nothing like South Side Irish taking over this North Side landmark.
Saturday, March 17th Ono at the Hideout (9:30 PM, 21+, $7)
You still haven’t seen Ono yet? How many times do I have to tell you? Ok, granted, the experimental art-rock band usually plays some pretty obscure places, but here’s your chance to see them in a real live venue as part of Steve Krakow’s “Secret History of Chicago Music” concert series.
Sunday, March 18th Andrew Jackson Jihad at Subterranean (6 PM, AA, $10 adv / $12 dos)
Remember the first punk bands you heard back in the day and how you connected with the anger, youth and impatience of it all? Well the Pheonix anti-folk group resonate the same feelings, but for a post-high school crowd that doesn’t want to get too nostalgic. They’ve toured before as a duo, but are coming to Chicago for the first time with a full band.
Monday, March 19th K Holes at Empty Bottle (9:30 PM, 21+, FREE)
From what I've heard, K Holes don’t necessarily add anything new to the noise/psychedelic scene, but you didn’t get tickets to the Fiona Apple show and this is free anyway and I’m sure as hell not going to recommend the Black Lips / Arctic Monkeys at the United Center. Might as well take out that rage at not clicking fast enough on Lincoln Hall's website with some brain cell killing noise.