|Bosnian Rainbows (via Facebook)|
Making their Chicago debut is Bosnian Rainbows, featuring Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes and Omar Rodriquez-Lopez of the Mars Volta. Despite the dirty garage sound of the former, and prog-rock wankery of the latter, early releases point a post-punk/dark new wave sound for the new outfit.
Wednesday, February 27th: Mountains at Hideout (9:30 PM, 21+, $10)
With one of the best experimental/ambient albums released this year yet with Centralia (Thrill Jockey), Mountains return to Chicago where the duo originally formed.
Thursday, February 28th: Sidewalk Chalk at Empty Bottle (9:30, 21+, $10)
Not unlike Kids These Days, Sidewalk Chalk is a young group that makes a more socially conscious hip-hop, complete with full instrumental band. They headline this show which is a benefit for supplying humanitarian aid in Syria. Full details on Empty Bottle’s site.
Friday, March 1st: JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound at the Beverly Arts Center (8 PM, AA, $24)
A perennial live favorite of WCR. Great soul and funk music with a live show to match; Mr. Brooks’ charisma and natural talent as a performer is only matched by the sharpness of his band.
Saturday, March 2nd: J Davis Trio at Martyrs (9:30 PM, 21+, $10)
Not enough jazz in your hip-hop? Perhaps you need more rhymes over a lounge groove. Whichever it is, the J Davis Trio (or quartet, or quintet or octet) will deliver the music to accompany your Saturday night out.
Sunday, March 3rd: Minus the Bear at Metro (9 PM, 18+, $23 adv/$26 dos)
The Seattle group has been around for over ten years, straddling the line between math-rock and emo group. If the silly song titles turn you off, focus more on the intricate and finger-tapped guitar riffs.
Monday, March 4th: Conductive Alliance at Empty Bottle (9 PM, 21+, FREE)
Conductive Alliance finds influence all over the place. From kraut-rock to electronic, the duo-turned four-piece continuously manages to make surprising and engaging music. Their new album Optics comes out soon (review forthcoming).