Chicago garage/punk trio Super Minotaur celebrate the release of their debut full-length, Dead Dino (bonus points for that name, guys) out on local label Cold Slice Cassettes. There's not a whole lot out there on them yet, but you can get in on the ground floor tonight at the Bottle.
Wednesday, March 21: The Men at Treasure Town (8 PM, all ages)
The Men will be in town via Brooklyn playing loud sounds to make your Wednesday night more exciting. When I first heard of this band I thought they might have one of those tricky, ironic names where it actually turns out there's women playing (which would be kinda cool) but as far as I can tell they are all, in fact, men. In any case, rock and roll. Nude Beach and Mac Blackout will play as well.
Thursday, March 22: Health & Beauty at Beat Kitchen (8 PM, 17+, $10)
If you look at Health & Beauty's Bandcamp page, you'll see cryptic tags such as "devotional," "discovery" and "purification." Somehow when you listen to the tracks there, those tags actually begin to make sense. Catch 'em live Thursday night heading a bill that also includes Curious Mystery, Magical Beautiful and the Van Goghs.
Friday, March 23: Rachael Yamagata at Schubas (10 PM, 18+, $15)
Smokey-voiced songwriter Rachael Yamagata has received comparisons to the likes of PJ Harvey and Fiona Apple, and has been doing a whole lot of touring over the past few years. If you haven't caught her yet, Schubas is as good a place as any. Probably better. Madi Diaz opens.
Saturday, March 24: Moonrises, Electric Jellyfish, Brain Idea at the Burlington (9 PM, 21+, $7)
A couple of bands from Chicago worth checking out (Moonrises, Brain Idea) join a band from Australia worth checking out (Electric Jellyfish). The sounds here range from experimental rock to fuzzy garage pop.
Sunday, March 25: Peter Case, Paul Collins at the Empty Bottle (7 PM, 21+, $15)
Two influential power pop musicians on one bill. Peter Case fronted the Plimsouls, Paul Collins fronted the Beat and together they played in The Nerves and The Breakaways. Chances are you've heard The Plimsouls' "A Million Miles Away" or The Nerves' "Hanging on the Telephone" (made famous by Blondie), even if you don't know it. The two haven't been on the road together since 1977, which is a pretty good reason to check this one out. Also with Summer Twins and Sleepovers.
Monday, March 26: The Kickback at Schubas (8 PM, 18+, $6)
Have yet to catch any shows during The Kickback's March residency at Schubas? Now's your last chance! I feel like any descriptor I could give these guys wouldn't do them justice, but that hasn't stopped us from writing about them a bunch before. Just know that they rock and always offer up a really great live show. Dirty Pigeons, Tin Tin Can and Truman and His Trophy will join them on the bill.