The Polyphonic Spree promise two sets, one of originals, one of holiday songs. Apparently, the band promises zoo demonstrations, improve comedy, freestyle rappers, confetti guns, tap-dancing grandmas and more. Gotta see it to believe it.
Wednesday, December 12th: The Pharmacy at the Observatory (8 PM, $5)
While the term psych-rock is thrown around to describe these guys, Stoned and Alone has more of a roots-rock influence, probably owing to the Seattle trio’s time spent in New Orleans.
Thursday, December 13th: Pink Torpedo, Flesh Panthers at Liar’s Club (9 PM, 21+)
Punk rock night. Where else? While I haven’t seen a show here yet, hard to imagine a better venue for this bill of psychobillyesque garage rock.
Friday, December 14th: Nitetrotter Fest at Dustbowl (8 PM, $7)
The two day festival begins Friday night, full of local DIY staples such as Ono, Nude Sunrise, the Funs, Unmanned Ship and Mines, not to mention a headlining set from Mike Donovan of Sic Alps. Check out full details on their website.
Saturday, December 15th: Outer Minds, Radar Eyes, Bare Mutants at Empty Bottle (10 PM, 21+, $8 or FREE w/RSVP)
Quite the excellent night of well-known locals. Psychedlic-pop from Outer Minds, a brisk kick to the face by Radar Eyes, and the sweet and subtle sounds of Bare Mutants.
Sunday, December 16th: Braid at the Metro (6 PM, AA, $17)
The recently reunited Champaign-based post-emo group is playing their 1998 album Frame and Canvas in its entirety. The Polyvinyl release would go on to influence more copy cats and rip-offs than they could have possibly imagined, but the album itself still tugs at the nostalgia strings.
Monday, December 17th: Darts & Arrows at Skylark (10 PM, 21+, $5 suggested)
Darts & Arrows is the name of the project helmed by Bill Mackay. While they’re generally ascribed under the folk/Americana label, the group manages to jazz things up a bit in their instrumental tracks.