Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Go to There: January 29 - February 3

By Andrew Hertzberg
Desert Soap (via Facebook)
Tuesday, January 29th: Desert Soap, Charming People at Hungry Brain (9 PM, 21+, FREE)
Mellow out at the Hungry Brain with the Cat Stevens / Harry Nilsson vibes of Desert Soap. The sultry, Phil Spector-meets-dream-pop sound of Charming People play as well.

Wednesday, January 30th: Deep Sleep, Songs for Gods at the Whistler (9:30 PM, 21+, FREE)
If Chandeliers, Icy Demons, Killer Whales, or Michael Columbia mean anything to you, then get ready to add Deep Sleep and Songs for Gods to the list of names that guarantee a synth-filled, funky night.

Thursday, January 31st: Chicago Songwriter Allstar Assault at Café Mustache (8 PM, AA, FREE)
Hosted by Gabe Liebowitz of Dastardly, this evening presents a billion locals performing a couple songs each. Artists include Donnie Biggins (the Shams Band), former WCR contributer Bobby Minelli, Stan McConnell (Santah) and many more (full lineup here).

Friday, February 1st: J Fernandez at Big Forever (9 PM, AA, $5)
The bedroom-pop artist has been receiving some decent blog-buzz lately, due to J Fernandez’s ability to make music equally introspective, engaging, and thoughtful. Bomb Banks and Coffin Ships play as well; full info on Lake Paradise.

Saturday, February 2nd: US Girls at Empty Bottle (10 PM, 21+, $7)
DIY artist Meghan Remy (US Girls) started off with wildly experimental and confrontational music, but has since evolved into more of a left-field pop-oriented sound. Slim Twig and Mayor Daley open.

Sunday, February 3rd: Dhalgren at Experimental Sound Studio  (7 PM, AA, $5)
This may very well be the most opposite of any Super Bowl party I can think of. This is the third in a series of the quartet recording an “informal performance” composed the day of.

Monday, February 4th: Stephen Paul Smoker at Empty Bottle (9:30 PM, 21+, FREE)
Stephen Paul Smoker and band do a great job of fusing their 70s psychedelic influences with a modern indie-folk sound, as made evident by last year’s Ripe Fruit.

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