Weird-pop quartet Oshwa will likely be playing material from their forthcoming record Chamomile Crush (their Facebook page has been hinting at a big announcement on the 10th), and if the video for "Old Man Skies" is indicative of what's in-store, the record and show should be fucking mesmerizing.
Wednesday, July 10th: Ryan Joseph Anderson at SPACE (8pm, All Ages, FREE w/rsvp)
Singer/songwriter Ryan Anderson is working on a debut solo record, one that's sure to be full of country-tinged blues and psychedelic folk. Fans of Rambos and Go Long Mule already know what Anderson is capable of- haunting ballads, rockabilly jams and sizzling riffs- but Wednesday's show provides a free chance for the uninitiated to catch one of Chicago rock's most versatile ax men in action.
Thursday, July 11th: Dreaming Bull at Double Door (8pm, 21+, $10)
A part of the RAW Natural Born Artists showcase, new-comers Dreaming Bull features members of Capelle and Bullied By Strings offering their raunchy, electrified gospel-blues inspired rock. While they haven't released a record yet, Dreaming Bull's SoundCloud is ripe with funky, muddy jams to whet your appetite.
Friday, July 12th: Pity Sex at Swerp Mansion (7pm, All Ages, $8)
Ann Arbor shoegaze punks Pity Sex roll into town for a loaded show at one of Chicago's best underground venues. The group's combination of corrosive fuzz, sweet harmonies and tandem male/female vocals is near-perfectly executed on their 2012 release Dark World and should make for a captivating live show.
Saturday, July 13th: Thin Hymns, Girl Group Chicago, Heavy Times and Tortoise at West Fest (1pm, All Ages, $5)
Experimental pop band Thin Hymns might be the most intriguing of this excellent lineup- their lysergic rock is illuminated by buoyant bass lines and refreshing clarinet and cello work. Tortoise are complete Chicago legends, and any chance to see the post-rock ensemble should be taken. Heavy Times are sure to pack their set with whiskey-soaked basement rockers could very well level the stage. Oh, and then there's Girl Group Chicago, an all-star cast of lady musicians from bands like Hollows, Bare Mutants, Mucca Pazza, Speck Mountain, Wume and Rabid Rabbit, who like to jam on old '60s girl-group tunes. This should be your must-see for the week.
Sunday, July 14th: Rainbow Gun Show, The Bingers, The Sueves and Palmflower at Cobra Lounge (8pm, 21+, $3)
Three bucks. Three measly bucks gets you spaced-out jammers Rainbow Gun Show, whose 7" Cinderella Sizzle is one of my favorite releases of the year, and The Bingers, who're responsible for a string of excellent garage rock EPs. Add in lush and moody Pilsen duo Palmflower and a manic set by The Sueves and you've got more than your money's worth.
Monday, July 15th: Plastic Crimewave Syndicate at Empty Bottle (9pm, 21+, FREE)
This upcoming free Monday at The Bottle features Steve Krakow's swirling, hypnotic and ultimately groovy psych-outfit Plastic Crimewave Syndicate. Expect plump, elastic bass lines to charge through a hail of trippy guitars and taught percussion. It's a trance for sure, but a kind of hip trance that's more cool than ambiguous.