Tuesday, July 31st: The Engines at the Whistler (10 PM, 21+, FREE)
Been awhile since I posted some jazz here. The Whistler’s weekly Relax Attack Jazz Series this week features the Engines with saxophonist Dave Remphis, trombonist Jed Bishop, bassist Nate McBride and Tim Daisy on drums. A fantastic quartet that won’t strand the casual listener too far out there.
Wednesday, August 1st: Dozens at Schubas (9 PM, 21+, $10)
The dynamic three-piece are all multi-instrumentalists, offering alternating time signatures, atmospheric breakdowns glued together with spot-on harmonies. Watch out for changes in mood and tone between each song.
Thursday, August 2nd: Shonen Knife at Empty Bottle (8:30 PM, 21+, $12)
The Japanese punk-pop trio is back. Start perfecting your pogo moves now. With opening sets by White Mystery (duh) and Rambos to sweeten the deal.
Friday, August 3rd: Grimes at Logan Square Auditorium (10 PM, 21+, FREE w/RSVP)
Bummed that you’re not at Lollapalooza? Don’t worry, Grimes ain’t there either, but she’s still putting on a free show as part of special Filter showcase. Lollaites the Big Pink play too with a DJ set by thenewno2. RSVP here.
Saturday, August 4th: Paper Machete at the Green Mill (3 PM, 21+, FREE)
If you’re sick of Lolla hubbub (which, admittedly, we are quite guilty of perpetuating at WCR), remember that things exist outside of Grant Park and the afterparties this weekend. For instance, the live culture magazine with special guest Marc Maron from the WTF podcast. Full list of performers is a click away.
Sunday, August 5th: MV & EE at Burlington (9 PM, 21+, $7)
Vermont based Matt Valentine and Erika Elder have been making quintessential freak-folk tunes for over a decade, or as they like to call it, “lunar raga.” This year’s Space Homestead is a mellow ride through a chilly, starry Appalachian night.
Monday, August 6th: Get Up With the Get Downs at Empty Bottle (9:30 PM, 21+, FREE)
The eight-piece soul/funk group plays with an intense immediacy and energy and includes, as any band of either genre should, a tight brass section leading the way.