|Kelly Hogan plays Hideout Sunday|
Tuesday, July 17th: The Bright Light Social Hour, Whales, Sunken Ships at Double Door (7:30 PM, 21+, $10)
Even if you go for Austin's TBLSH, make sure you arrive early for Chicago's own Whales and Sunken Ships. If you need more coaxing, see how WCR's Sasha Geffen detailed Whales' experimental-yet-alluring style of rock a while back in her review of their self-titled LP.
The chilly dream vibes of Chicago duo Architecture (as heard on their debut release When We Were Young) drew me to this show, but the rest of the lineup should make for fun times as well. Plus, it'll cost you zip with an RSVP.
Call me a bad Chicago music blogger, but I totally didn't know until now that locally-based psych-rockers Apteka had changed their name to Pink Frost. I like it. It makes me think of pink frosting, nom nom. Head to the Burlington Thursday to find out if the name change has had any impact on the band's sound. Also with Nightmare Air and Touched by a Ghoul.
Friday, July 20th: A bunch of bands at Milwaukee Ave. Arts Festival (5 PM, AA, $5)
Whether or not it's still oppressively hot, Logan Square's Milwaukee Ave. Arts Fest is the place to be Friday to maximize your live music enjoyment with Disappears, The Yolks, The Mutts, Rabble Rabble, This is Cinema, Big Colour, Shannon Hayden, and Village.
Saturday, July 21st: A bunch of bands at Milwaukee Ave. Arts Festival (12 PM, AA, $5)
I was going to recommend something else for Saturday, but this lineup is just too good not to recommend heading to the Fest again: Nomo, Runnies, The Loyal Divide, Ruby yo, Tyler Jon Tyler, Cains & Abels, Trinity, Moritat, Del Rey, Blizzard Babies, Swimsuit Addition, Unicycle Loves You, Charming People, Los Vicios De Papa, Shugga Shug, Rambos, Squish.
Sunday, July 22nd: Kelly Hogan, Chris Scruggs at Hideout (9 PM, 21+, $15)
If you trust Andrew Bird, Kelly Hogan should be considered "a national treasure." The Georgia native--who has worked with the likes of Neko Case and Mavis Staples--has a solo record called I Like to Keep Myself in Pain out now. An earlier show on the same day is sold out, but as of writing this you can still get tickets to hear Kelly playing the material in the flesh at the later show.
Monday, July 23rd: The Shams Band, Daniel Elsworth & the Great Lakes, Young Jesus at Schubas (8 PM, 21+, $6)
The Shams Band, who you might have seen covered here before, is currently in the middle of a July Monday night residency at Schubas in celebration of releasing their second LP Cold City. Take in their rootsy, bluesy rock along with the sounds of Nashville's Daniel Elsworth and the Great Lakes and the Windy City's own Young Jesus next Monday.