By Andrew Hertzberg
Tuesday, March 12th: Blues Control at Permanent Records (6 PM, AA, FREE)
Blues Control continue their support of last year’s bizarre Valley Tangents, an experimental trek through jazz, trip-hop, and rock music. Oddly, this is the duo’s only stop in Chicago. Get a taste ahead of time with their recent performance for Drag City Limits Presents.
Wednesday, March 13th: Cool Memories at Martyrs (8 PM, 21+, $7)
I had the pleasure of catching Cool Memories at the Empty Bottle a month or so back. Their short tape Debt is a collection of ominous psych-pop songs. Roach Beach and People's Temple of America also play.
Thursday, March 14th: Ono at Hideout (9 PM, 21+, $10)
Obviously an Ono show will never be the same thing twice. Tonight, the avant/garde performance group plays as part of Sprocket Hole / Speaker Box, a “series of “expanded cinema” programs that intermixes 16mm film, live performance, music, video, and comedy around a theme.”
Friday, March 15th: Work Drugs at Schubas (10 PM, 18+, $12)
Philadelphia dream-pop duo brings to mind a chiller Twin Door Cinema Club or even the Balearic sound of Air France.
Saturday, March 16th: The Tossers at Metro (9 PM, 18+, $18 adv / $20 dos)
Okay, yes, it is a bit obligatory on my part to post this show on this weekend. But although it’s been some time since I’ve seen the group live, the Irish inspired punk rock group has crassness that would make Shane MacGowan smile (although you may not want to see it).
Sunday, March 17th: Magic Milk at Quenchers (8 PM, 21+, $5)
If the weekend still hasn’t completely exhausted you, Magic Milk will make sure to. The band returns from their SXSW tour, and are probably now sponsored by Doritos or something.
Monday, March 18th: Bill McKay, Fred Lonberg Holm at Myopic Bookstore (7:30 PM, AA, FREE)
One of the greatest things about this city is finding unexpected music in unexpected place. Like an experimental duet in a used bookstore. McKay handles guitar and Holm will be on guitar and cello.