By Sarah Rosenfeld
Wednesday, December 11th: Hoots & Hellmouth with Holy Ghost Tent Revival and Kodiak Farm Boys at Subterranean (8:30pm, 21+, $10)
Hoots & Hellmouth is a good ol' Americana rock band from Philadelphia who describe their music as "new music for old souls" and honestly this is really good winter listening music. (Check out their video for Why Would You Not Want To Go There?) Also playing that night is Holy Ghost Tent Revival, a soul-rock horn band from Greensboro, NC so come on out y'all and let their southern alt-country sound warm you up on a cold Chicago Wednesday.
Thursday, December 12th: Mikal Cronin with YAWN and Basic Cable at Logan Square Auditorium (6:30pm, ALL AGES, $12)
Topping many "Best of 2013" lists is Mikal Cronin, who came through Chicago this summer for a few sold out shows at the Bottle. Listen to Shout It Out off his most recent album MCII and then catch his dreamy fuzzy garage rock with two local Chicago openers for what is going to be a really fantastic show at LSA.
Friday, December 13th: Czar with Chicago Thrash Ensemble, Arbogast and Marmora at Empty Bottle (9pm, 21+, $5)
Chicago based sludge metal band Czar headlines a night of \m/ at the Empty Bottle this Friday. Brave the frigid arctic winds for some dark and heavy tunes from some of the best bands in the local industrial/metal scene. Perfect way to celebrate Friday the 13th with metal as dirty and sludgy as your boots will be!
Saturday, December 14th: Mr. Gnome with Soft Speaker and American Wolf at Beat Kitchen (9pm, 17+, $10)
Mr. Gnome is a psychedelic experimental rock duo that produced this insane 8 minute sci-fi mini-movie music video for their song House of Circles: Watch this then come by Beat Kitchen on Saturday.
Sunday, December 15th: Their / They're / There with Mansions at Schubas (7:30pm, ALL AGES, $14)
End your weekend right with local math-pop post-punks (and grammatically correct) Their / They're / There at Schubas. "Emo revival" is the new buzzword and these dudes are on the vanguard of that revival. With a new EP out December 10th on Polyvore Records and just back from sold out shows in Tokyo (they're big in Japan!) you definitely need to acquaint yourself with this new evolution of emo. You will definitely experience some serious nostalgia listening to them rock out. Did you miss these guys at Wicker Park Fest this summer? Don't make the same mistake again. If you want sick guitar solos and "a negative attitude, humming a positive tune" while also supporting a local Chicago band, be at Schubas this Sunday night.