Even those of us who are better at standing around looking awkward than dancing can appreciate some good beats every so often. The lineup at Lincoln Hall tonight should provide plenty of opportunity to do just that as '80s-tinged electro acts Penguin Prison and Class Actress take the stage. Art vs. Science and Gemini Club will also play.
Wednesday, June 6th: The Kickback, Slow Parades at The Whistler (10 PM, 21+, FREE)
The fact that the Kickback consistently deliver live shows that are grabbing and full of energy is reason enough to head to the Whistler on Wednesday night, but as a bonus you'll also be able to catch it for zilch. Do it.
Thursday, June 7th: Scott H. Biram, Lydia Loveless at Hideout (9 PM, 21+, $12)
Read Scott H. Biram's official online bio and you'll see words and phrases such as "Dirty Old One Man Band," "yodeling," "growling," "leering," "blues," "hillbilly," "punk," "metal," and "Scott Biram won't die." Should make for a pretty entertaining Thursday night at the Hideout.
Friday, June 8th: Lemonade, Le1f, New Canyons at The Empty Bottle (10 PM, 21+, $8 advance, $10 at door)
Ah, bands named after delicious fruit beverages. You've got to love them. Actually, I can't think of any other than Lemonade right now. But if I had a band I might call it Fruit Punch. Or maybe not. In any case, you can get a nice big helping of Lemonade Friday night at the Empty Bottle, and by that I mean three dudes playing electro pop. They released their latest record Driver just a few days ago.
Saturday, June 9th: The Bright White record release at Quenchers (9 PM, 21+, $5 donation)
If you're in the mood for something a little less Brooklyn hipster and a little more Chicago no-nonsense rock, head to Quenchers Saturday night where The Bright White will officially unleash a new batch of their intense, addictive power pop tunes in the form of a new EP titled Lose Yourself. In the meantime you can preview the new stuff on Bandcamp. Also on the bill are The Kickback (they're really getting around this week), The Weakenders and Hawley Shoffner.
Sunday, June 10th: A bunch of bands at Ribfest (starting at noon, FREE)
Ribfest has a pretty great lineup Sunday, including a couple bands I've written about often here on WCR (Village and Gold Motel, the former with a revamped lineup) as well as The Heartless Bastards, Miles Nielsen, Precious Blood, Stolen Silver, Sarah and the Tall Boys and Band Called Catch. Make a day of it.
Monday, June 11th: Warm Ones, Bigcolour at The Whistler (9 PM, 21+, FREE)
Warm Ones are another Chicago band that, in my opinion, don't get enough attention. It's difficult to nail down a genre for them besides just "rock," but whatever it is they do, they do it very cleverly with some damn fine hooks. Check out their latest release, an EP called Lena.