Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Go to There: July 3 - 9

By Andrew Hertzberg
CAVE (courtesy of Gonzo Chicago)
Tuesday, July 3rd: Gel Set at Lincoln Hall  (9 PM, 18+, $12)
Self described as "like biking down a garbage filled [C]hicago alley," check out the one-woman dark and atmospheric synth-pop of Gel Set in a much dirtier venue.

Wednesday, July 4th: Happy Fourth, Y’all

Don’t even try looking for shows. All the venues are closed. So! Option A: Light fireworks off in the streets. Option B: Find rooftop to watch everyone else who is lighting fireworks off in the streets. (Secret Option C: Last show at Enemy in Wicker Park featuring Nautical Almanac, Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan, Quicksails and more)

Thursday, July 5th: Ezra Furman at Hideout (9 PM, 21+, $10)

This evening is presented by Drag City as the Lowbrow Reader Variety Hour, so named for the Lowbrow Reader Reader released back in May. Mr. Furman headlines, with Daniel Knox and comedian Charlie Bury opening.

Friday, July 6th: K-Holes at Permanent Records  (6 PM, AA, FREE)
Catch the Brooklyn scuzz rockers ahead of their Empty Bottle performance with a free in-store. Like minded noise makers Toupee open.

Saturday, July 7th: Cave at Burlington (9 PM, 21+, $7)
Last year’s Neverendless was one of the best. Cave’s been a little quiet around these parts recently, but they’ve got a few shows on the horizon. Catch the kraut-rock inspired four piece in the intimate back room in this Logan Square dive.

Sunday, July 8th: West Fest (1 PM, AA, $5 donation)
It couldn’t have been too long that we’d go without a street fest in this city. Between Saturday and Sunday, the Fest’s got the Black Lips, Mates of State, Man or Astroman?, Pet Lions, Summer Girlfriends, Al Scorch and more. Check out the full weekend lineup here.

Monday, July 9th: The Kickback at Whistler (9:30 PM, 21+, FREE)

Devotees of the site have are probably familiar with the Spoon-like indie-pop sounds of the Kickback. They’ve had a busy year supporting last year’s Mea Culp Mea Culpa, with a Schubas residency and are continuing their strong live presence all around the city in July, this event being a part of CHIRP's monthly fundraiser at the Whistler.

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