Chicago In-Store Performances This Week

Reckless Records is hosting 4 great in-store performances this week in conjunction with the Tomorrow Never Knows festival. Sadly, though, the one I really want to go to (Pomegranates) is the one that isn’t just a few blocks from my apartment.

Be sure to note the location for each show. Three of them are in Lakeview, one is in Wicker Park.

Tomorrow Never Knows In-Store Sets
Thu., 1/14: Bear in Heaven @ 4pm (Lakeview store)
Fri., 1/15: Icy Demons @ 5:30pm (Lakeview)
Sat., 1/16: Bowerbirds @ 4:30pm (Lakeview)
Sun., 1/17: Pomegranates @ 5:40pm (Wicker Park)

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 11 January 2010 at 5:47 pm

Spoon Announces Spring Tour

Spoon, “Written in Reverse”

Big day for tour announcements, eh?

Spoon has just announced a month-long tour kicking off in New Orleans right after South by Southwest (which they’re also playing). The tour is in support of the band’s brand new album (it’s 7th), entitled Transference, which comes out next Tuesday, January 19th, on Merge Records. You can actually hear the entire album right now over at NPR.

Tickets for all shows other than SXSW and Chicago go on sale via Music Today tomorrow, January 12th. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale next Tuesday, January 19th.

Deerhunter will open all dates (except SXSW), while the Chicago show will also feature Oakland and Micachu & the Shapes, and the New Orleans show will also include Royal Oak and The Strange Boys.

Spoon Spring Tour Dates
3/17 Stubbs Austin, TX SXSW
3/18 Republic New Orleans, LA
3/19 Workplay Soundstage Birmingham, AL
3/20 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
3/22 9:30 Club Washington, DC
3/23 9:30 Club Washington, DC
3/24 The National Richmond, VA
3/26 Radio City Music Hall New York, NY
3/27 House of Blues Boston, MA, USA
3/29 Sound Academy Toronto, ON
3/30 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI
4/1 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL
4/2 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
4/3 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
4/5 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
4/6 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
4/7 In the Venue Salt Lake City, UT
4/9 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
4/10 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
4/11 Orpheum Theatre Vancouver, BC
4/13 Fox Theater Oakland, CA

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 11 January 2010 at 5:39 pm

Shearwater Sets Huge Spring Tour

Shearwater, “Castaways”

Austin’s Shearwater – whose 2006 album, Palo Santo, ended up at #8 on my Top Albums of the Decade list – is set to release a brand new album, The Golden Archipelago, on February 23rd (via Matador Records).

Although I haven’t seen an official announcement from the band or Matador, according to the folks at Billions, the band is set to embark on a two-month tour starting at Austin’s Red 7 on March 13th, circling the country, and then returning to Austin for another show on May 7th at the Parish.

Also according to Billions, Baltimore’s excellent Wye Oak will open for the first month of the tour. As of now, no support act is listed for the second month.

If you haven’t seen them before, or even if you have, you’re gonna want to catch these bands when they come to your town. Shearwater’s show at the Black Cat in DC in the summer of 2008 is still one of my favorite shows of the last few years, and Wye Oak has never been anything less than stellar when I’ve seen them. So go, eh?

Shearwater Spring Tour Dates
Sat Mar 13, 2010 Austin, TX Red 7 Xiu Xiu
Wed Mar 24, 2010 Atlanta, GA The Earl Wye Oak
Thu Mar 25, 2010 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 Wye Oak
Fri Mar 26, 2010 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel Wye Oak
Sat Mar 27, 2010 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom Wye Oak
Sun Mar 28, 2010 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s Wye Oak
Tue Mar 30, 2010 Cambridge, MA TT The Bear’s Place Wye Oak
Wed Mar 31, 2010 Montreal, QC La Sala Rossa Wye Oak
Thu Apr 01, 2010 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace Wye Oak
Fri Apr 02, 2010 Ithaca, NY Castaways Wye Oak
Sun Apr 04, 2010 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall Wye Oak
Tue Apr 06, 2010 Minneapolis, MN 400 Bar Wye Oak
Wed Apr 07, 2010 Grinnell, IA Gardner Lounge – Grinnell College Wye Oak
Fri Apr 09, 2010 Norman, OK The Opolis Wye Oak
Thu Apr 22, 2010 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room -
Fri Apr 23, 2010 Tucson, AZ Club Congress -
Sat Apr 24, 2010 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland -
Sun Apr 25, 2010 San Francisco, CA Bottom of The Hill -
Tue Apr 27, 2010 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge -
Wed Apr 28, 2010 Vancouver, BC The Biltmore Cabaret -
Thu Apr 29, 2010 Seattle, WA Triple Door -
Fri Apr 30, 2010 Pullman, WA The BellTower -
Sat May 01, 2010 Boise, ID Neurolux -
Tue May 04, 2010 Denver, CO Walnut Room -
Fri May 07, 2010 Austin, TX The Parish

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 11 January 2010 at 3:07 pm

The Wedding Present Announces Spring Tour

Legendary band The Wedding Present is set to hit the road this Spring in celebration of the 21st anniversary of its major label debut LP, Bizarro. As part of the anniversary festivities, the band will be playing Bizarro live in its entirety throughout the year.

Today the band announced the first set of dates of its “Bizarro Live” tour, including a month-long swing through the U.S., and dates in Croatia and Japan. (See below for full dates.)

Additionally, the band is also digitally releasing two live albums this month, including Live in Leeds, which features the band’s June 6, 2006 show in the UK, and Live in New York, which features frontman David Gedge’s other project Cinerama’s June 28, 2003 show in the US.

Finally, please take note that BabyStew favorites The Jet Age are supporting the Atlanta, Washington, DC and Hoboken shows. Be sure to get there early — you won’t regret it.

Wedding Present Tour Dates

APRIL [The USA, Canada & Croatia]
1 : San Diego CA, USA – Casbah
2 : Los Angeles CA, USA – Troubadour
5 : Austin TX, USA – Emo’s
7 : Atlanta GA – Earl with The Jet Age
9 : Washington DC, USA – Black Cat with The Jet Age
10 : Hoboken NJ, USA – Maxwell’s with The Jet Age
11 : New York City NY, USA – Bowery Ballroom
12 : Cambridge MA, USA – Middle East Downstairs
14 : Toronto ON, Canada – Horseshoe Tavern
15 : Pontiac MI, USA – The Pike Room at The Crofoot
16 : Chicago IL, USA – Double Door
17 : Minneapolis MN, USA – 400 Bar
20 : Vancouver BC, Canada – To be confirmed
21 : Seattle WA, USA – Crocodile
22 : Portland OR, USA – Doug Fir Lounge
24 : San Francisco CA, USA – Independent
30 : Zagreb, Croatia – Theatre &TD

MAY [Japan]
7 : Tokyo, Japan – O’West with Qomolangma Tomato

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 11 January 2010 at 2:49 pm

This Week in Chicago (Jan. 11-17)

Here’s what’s going on in Chicago this week. As always, my picks are in bold.

The obvious highlight of the week is the Tomorrow Never Knows festival taking place at Schubas and Lincoln Hall, and, in turn, the highlight of the festival – for me, at least – is getting to see The Rural Alberta Advantage for the first time since last April. If you haven’t seen them yet, or even if you have, you really need to go to this show.

Aside from the RAA, I also strongly recommend Cincinnati’s Pomegranates on Sunday, Sharon Van Etten on Saturday, and the blog-buzz-tastic Surfer Blood/Freelance Whales/Bear In Heaven show on Thursday. Oh, and also the Waco Brothers at Martyr’s on Friday, though for $25, I’m probably just gonna wait until the next time they play.


Monday, January 11
Beat Kitchen: Pat McCurdy
Empty Bottle: Hypno5e, Revocation, The Binary Code [FREE}
Martyr's: The Hurtin Kind, Cropduster
Schubas: New York Songwriters Circle - Chicago Showcase


Tuesday, January 12
Beat Kitchen: Chicago Underground Comedy
Darkroom: Lockeroom Talk, Nite Nite, Martin Nutley
Empty Bottle: Transmontane
Hideout: Sanctified Grumblers
Martyr's: Samantha, The Black Tape
Reggie's Rock Club: Korpiklaani, Tyr, Shashbuckle, White Wizzard, Waves of Amphitrite
Ronny's: Cloud Mouth, The Reptilian, Former Thieves, Noumenon, Karoshi
Schubas: Nicholas Barron, The E-Mics
Subterranean:  Cottonseed, Faggy Pussy, Gods Guns


Wednesday, January 13
Abbey Pub: The Coop, Slippy LaRue, Sean Shiel
Beat Kitchen: The Blind Shake, Wereworm, The Flips
Bottom Lounge: Anti-Flag, Aiden, Cancer Bats, The Menzingers
Darkroom: Writer's Wednesday
Double Door: Sure Fire Groove, Surrender Dorothy, Machine Gun Mojo
Empty Bottle: Derek Nelson & The Musicians, Mike Hardey & The Basterds, Stealth Like a Canoe, John Farrell and his Terrible Band
Hideout: Immediate Sound Series ft. Sound Is
Lincoln Hall: TMK Festival - The Cribs, Adam Green, The Dead Trees
Metro (SmartBar): Onefiftyone, Weaponry, Ross Kelly, Mister Joshua
Reggie's Rock Club: Willie Waldman Project, Chester Brown
Ronny's: Board Games, Damp Hay, Dirtybird, The Pear Traps
Schubas: TMK Festival - Laugh It Up, Kid ft. Prescott Tolk, Cameron Esposito, more
Subterranean: Bat Masterson, Modus Ponens, Coldwater Mystic, Paris Schutz Band


Thursday, January 14
Abbey Pub: Grass Co., Nathan Blake Lynn, Sawbuck
Beat Kitchen: Color Card, Wiitalia Brothers, The Last Chivalrist
Bottom Lounge: Dulcet Road, The Treeshakers, The Low Hearts, St. Vitus Dance
Darkroom: Mondomega, This Magazine is Haunted, Shark Matter
Double Door: Knockhopper, The Moves, Welcome to Ashley, Halfwaynorth, Regal Standard
Empty Bottle: Todd Keeler & the New Folk, Cobalt & the Hired Guns, One & Only, Brice Woodall
Hideout: Singing in the Abbey, Can.Ky.Ree, Daniel Knox
Lincoln Hall: TMK Festival - Voxtrot, Solid Gold, Maps & Atlases, Gemini Club
Martyr's: The Powwows, Tallest Trees, Lakesigns
Metro (SmartBar): Tes la Rok, DJ C, Pah Je
Ronny's: Bikes Will Take Us, Paralyze Humanity Sequence, Piercing Music, Buffalo Heart
Schubas: TMK Festival - Surfer Blood, Freelance Whales, Bear in Heaven, Lasers and Fast and Shit
Subterranean:  Hail the Horizon, Viva La Muerte, Stone Kings

Surfer Blood: "Catholic Pagans" (acoustic @ Fader Fort)
Freelance Whales: I have no idea what the song is called (live on the Bedford Ave. subway platform)


Friday, January 15
Abbey Pub: June's Got the Cash (Johnny Cash/June Carter Tribute)
Beat Kitchen: Lacona, Astronautalis, Me & My Arrow, Where Astronauts Go To Hide
Bottom Lounge: Alan Park, My Cold Dead Hand, The Rosen Association, Curio
Darkroom: Elev8tor, Mas Trueno, Sam Sinclair Trio
Double Door: Comasoft, The Secret Saints, Carta Marina, Killing the Enemy
Empty Bottle: Maximum Wage, Tiger Bones, Tyler Jon Tyler
Hideout: Satellite 66, Sissy Mena, California Wives
Lincoln Hall: TMK Festival - Atlas Sound, Icy Demons, Shapers, DJ Popstatic
Martyr's: Waco Brothers, Eric Howell's Greatest Hitch, Punch
Metro: City and Colour, Lissie
Metro (SmartBar): Omar S., David Powers
Reggie's Rock Club: Ballyhoo!, E3PO, Ital Conquerors
Ronny's: Bat Masterson, T'Bone, Seafarer
Schubas (2pm): Paul Green's School of Rock - Women Who Rock
Schubas (10pm): TMK Festival - Neon Indian, The Hood Internet, Truman Peyote, DJs
Subterranean: Parachute, Safety Suit [SOLD OUT] (who?!)

The Waco Brothers: “Cowboy In Flames” (live in James Park, Evanstone)


Saturday, January 16
Abbey Pub: Bowling for Soup, Just Surrender, The Bama Lamas
Beat Kitchen: Joie de Vivre, The Field Auxiliary, Empire Empire, Mountains for Clouds
Bottom Lounge: Automata, Animate Objects, Sidewalk Chalk, The Inner Visionists, Room 11
Congress Theater: Discoteka Avaria
Darkroom: White Label Sessions w/ DJ Lego
Double Door: Magnets, The Sweeps, On the Run, Darmata, Passive Aggressor
Empty Bottle: The Yolks, Hollows, Rabble Rabble
Hideout: Contraphonic’s Winnter of Love 2010 ft. Frank Rosaly, more
Lincoln Hall: TMK Festival – Bowerbirds, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Julie Doiron
Martyr’s: Wolcott, Ode, Cyclesomething
Metro (6pm): A Kidnap In Color, The Highlife, Draft Week, Footlight Frenzy, Indecent Exposure
Metro (11:30pm): Skyler, Broken Disco 1980, Team Bayside High, more
Metro (SmartBar): Switch, Santiago, Sexual Chocolate
Reggie’s Rock Club: 88 Fingers Louie, The Bollweevils, Agent Orange, The Hallow, She Likes Todd
Ronny’s: The Catburglars, Sinks, Loose Dudes
Schubas (2pm): Paul Green’s School of Rock – Women Who Rock
Schubas (9pm): TMK Festival – Final Fantasy, Sharon Van Etten, Peter Wolf Crier
Subterranean: Molehill, The Gentlemen’s Club, Jackpot Donnie, The Upright Animals
The Vic: Rob Schneider

The Rural Alberta Advantage: “Edmonton” (live on HearYa)
Sharon Van Etten: “For You” (video)


Sunday, January 17
Beat Kitchen: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Double Door: DJ Shotime
Empty Bottle: Jookabox, Truman & His Trophy
Lincoln Hall: TMK Festival – Lee Fields & The Expressions, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers
Ronny’s: Psychedelic Horseshit, Jeff the Brotherhood, Light Pollution, Hollows
Schubas: TMK Festival – Clues, Skybox, Pomegranates, Netherfriends
Subterranean: The New Diet, Universe, Young Jesus, Artists vs. Athletes

Pomegranates: “Everybody Come Outside” (live video)
Psychedelic Horseshit: “Are You On Glass” (live video)

Posted under Babystew Home,This Week In Chicago by Steve on Sunday 10 January 2010 at 10:00 pm

Show Alert: Verona Red @ Subterranean Tomorrow

Just a quick alert about an interesting show going on tomorrow night (Sat. 1/9) at Subterranean in Wicker Park featuring Verona Red, The Glide and The Locals.

I don’t know much about any of the bands, but I’ve been hearing a lot about Verona Red in the last couple of months, and figure it’s about time that I check them out in person.

The couple tunes I’ve heard from Verona Red are pretty solid – kinda sound like a less straightforward (i.e., less shamelessly poppy and produced) version of The Airborne Toxic Event to my ear. Maybe it’s just the guy’s voice. Anyway, check out this tune and head over to Subterranean tomorrow night.

Verona Red, “Marjorie”

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 8 January 2010 at 12:23 pm

MP3: Portastatic, “Foam Hands” (Destroyer cover)

Portastatic, “Foam Hands” (Destroyer cover)

It’s kind of old news already, but in case you didn’t hear, Portastatic has a brand new 7-song digital EP out called Make It Sound In Time.

The EP’s 7 songs are all covers of songs by other Merge Records artists, including Spoon, Lambchop, Matt Suggs, The Magnetic Fields, The Renderers, Spent and Destroyer.

According to Mac, the idea to cover so many Merge artists arose from the recent SCORE! compilation in celebration of the label’s 20th anniversary, as well as the fact that he and Laura (Ballance) played several acoustic Merge covers during their book tour for the Our Noise book (which I still need to read).

You can order Make It Sound In Time here.

Posted under Babystew Home,MP3s by Steve on Friday 8 January 2010 at 12:02 pm

We Were Promised Jetpacks Return to Chicago on 3/11

Excellent news — Scotland’s We Were Promised Jetpacks are set to play Chicago’s Lincoln Hall on Thursday, March 11th.

If you’ve been paying attention (or keeping an eye on my Twitter feed), you may have noticed that the band had previously announced a month-long U.S. tour in February and March which would take the band down the East Coast, across the South, up the West Coast, and back into the middle of the country, stopping abruptly in Lawrence, Kansas without ever making it into the Midwest.  And, honestly, it seemed a little odd, especially given that the band is already confirmed to be playing in Austin during SXSW just a week later.

So it’s not terribly surprising – though it is very welcome – to see that the band added three new dates today in Omaha (3/8), Minneapolis (3/9) and Chicago (3/10).  And hell, that still gives them 8 days to get down to Texas, so you never know if one or two more shows just might get added on.

We Were Promised Jetpacks Spring US Tour Dates

2/11/10 Thu New York, NY The Bowery Ballroom w/ Bad Veins
2/12/10 Fri Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church w/ Bad Veins
2/13/10 Sat Washington, DC Rock And Roll Hotel w/ Bad Veins
2/14/10 Sun Cambridge, MA (d) The Middle East – Downstairs w/ Bad Veins
2/15/10 Mon Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory – Brooklyn w/ Bad Veins
2/17/10 Wed Charlotte, NC Casbah at Tremont Music Hall w/ Bad Veins
2/18/10 Thu Atlanta, GA The Masquerade w/ Bad Veins
2/19/10 Fri Nashville, TN The End w/ Bad Veins
2/20/10 Sat Hot Springs, AR Maxine’s Pub w/ Bad Veins
2/21/10 Sun Denton, TX Hailey’s w/ Bad Veins
2/23/10 Tue Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room w/ Bear Hands
2/24/10 Wed La Jolla, CA The Loft- UCSD w/ The Lonely Forest, Bear Hands
2/26/10 Fri Los Angeles, CA Troubadour w/ The Lonely Forest, Bear Hands
2/27/10 Sat San Francisco, CA Slim’s w/ The Lonely Forest, Bear Hands
3/01/10 Mon Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret w/ The Lonely Forest, Bear Hands
3/02/10 Tue Seattle, WA Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room w/ Bear Hands
3/03/10 Wed Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge w/ The Lonely Forest, Bear Hands
3/05/10 Fri Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court w/ The Lonely Forest, Bear Hands
3/06/10 Sat Denver, CO Hi Dive w/ The Lonely Forest, Bear Hands
3/07/10 Sun Lawrence, KS Jackpot Saloon w/ The Lonely Forest, Bear Hands
3/08/10 Mon Omaha, NE The Waiting Room w/ The Lonely Forest, Bear Hands
3/09/10 Tue Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater w/ The Lonely Forest, Bear Hands
3/11/10 Thu Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall w/ The Lonely Forest, Bear Hands
Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Friday 8 January 2010 at 12:05 am

This Week in Chicago [Jan. 4-Jan. 10]

Sorry about not doing a “This Week in Chicago” post last week. It was the holidays, yada yada yada. Anyway, I’m back now… but sadly, good concerts aren’t. A pretty lethargic week coming up. My picks, such as they are, in bold.

If I’m missing anything, or if there are any shows that you recommend, drop me a line in the comments.


Monday, January 4
Beat Kitchen: Pat McCurdy
Empty Bottle: The Velcro Lewis Group, Vee Dee, Casual Encounter [FREE SHOW]
Martyr’s: The Opposition Party
Ronny’s: Public Hair, Professor Kliq, Zlam Dunk, Maxwell Citron
Schubas: The Lowdown Brass Band, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, JT & The Clouds, Akasha


Tuesday, January 5
Beat Kitchen: Chicago Underground Comedy
Empty Bottle: Baby & Hide, Cool Memories, Paper Thick Walls
Hideout: Sanctified Grumblers
Martyr’s: Gunnelpumpers, Ladies, Jason Steele Quartet, Toque Chicago
Reggie’s Music Joint: Mr. Blotto, Pregnant Tongues
Schubas: Butch Walker, Gold Motel [SOLD OUT]

Marvelous 3 (Butch Walker’s old band): “Grant Park” (video)


Wednesday, January 6
Beat Kitchen: Liza Day, Milano
Bottom Lounge: The Alaya Conscious, Boots With Spurs, The Para-Medics
Double Door: Riot Inside, Whiskey Sin, Ziolo [FREE SHOW]
Empty Bottle: Dorian Taj, Paperbear, Shadows on a River, Cinema
Hideout: Immediate Sound Series ft. DKV Trio
Martyr’s: Kevin O’Donnell’s 2nd Annual Epiphany Spectacular
Metro (Smart Bar): John Simmons, Striz, Intel [FREE SHOW]
Reggie’s Music Joint: The Two Aglets, Crawl, Tom McCarthy & Luminance Ensemble
Ronny’s: The Earth is a Man, The Please & Thank Yous, Juvenecent Beat!, more
Schubas: Butch Walker, Gold Motel [SOLD OUT]
Subterranean: Two Star, Rosaline, FIVEOHfirst, Fishermans


Thursday, January 7
Beat Kitchen: Micah Schnabel (of Two Cow Garage), Mike Reeb
Bottom Lounge: Audiobon, The Stone Kings, Cavepeople
Darkroom: Airlines-X, Tomorrow the Moon, The Debauchers
Double Door: The Names That Spell, Kellen and Me, Jessica Hernandez, Jarryd Scott, Claire Stahlecker
Empty Bottle: Health & Beauty, El Is a Sound of Joy, Mark Trecka, Lechuguillas
Hideout: Tangleweed
Lincoln Hall: The 3 Penny Was Here: A Lincoln Hall Movie Night [FREE]
Martyr’s: Big C Jamboree, The Neverly Brothers
Metro (Smart Bar): Big Bass Thursdays presents MIA Mob Action Mix Set
Reggie’s Music Joint: The Steepwater Band, Lions of Hazelwood
Reggie’s Rock Club: F.A.M.O., United Centa, The A-Team, Nick -n- Beans
Ronny’s: Thieves, Nothing to Nothing, Socially Retarded, All to Hell
Schubas: Butch Walker, Gold Motel [SOLD OUT]
Subterranean: House of Normandie, Hospital Garden, Wild Peaks

Micah Schnabel: “Swingset Assassin” (live video)


Friday, January 8
Abbey Pub: Ohvaur, Or So It Goes, Honest Engines, The Embraceables, The Sometimes Family
Beat Kitchen: Mike Maimone, Hollus
Bottom Lounge: Highball, The Kobanes, Guh, The Fizzy Pops
Darkroom: Megitza Quartet, Francesca Johnson
Double Door: Steez, Fifth World, The New Fuse, Old Shoe
Empty Bottle: Mucca Pazza, Paper Mice, Andrew Taylor
Hideout: Horse in the Sea, Brent Puls, Ashley Brooke Toussant
House of Blues: Led Zeppelin 2 (tribute)
Lincoln Hall: Midnight Ramblers
Lincoln Hall: 1997, Victorian Halls, Aktar Aktar, Noise FM
Martyr’s: Death Ships, I Luv Luv Birds, Worlds Fair
Metro: Skank, Losing Scarlet, Inn Cinema, Seven Day Sonnet, Westbury
Metro (Smart Bar): DJ ESP a/k/a Woody McBride, Projekt Soundsystem
Reggie’s Music Joint: Glasko, Johnny Comes Late, Elliot Street Lunatic
Reggie’s Rock Club: Sinister Fate, Plague, The Bending Spoon, Virulence Factor
Ronny’s: Solia Tera, Torch Singer, I Am A Nation, Shape Note
Schubas (7:30pm): Chris Trapper
Schubas (10pm): Butch Walker, Gold Motel [SOLD OUT]


Saturday, January 9
Abbey Pub: Lying Delilah, Kimi Hayes Band, Jennifer Jennings
Beat Kitchen (3pm): Paul Green School of Rock Tribute to The Who
Beat Kitchen (9pm): Zikr, Tin Lunchbox, Young Sun, Same Same
Bottom Lounge: Rough Cut, The Effects, Late Night Hooligan Riff Raff
Chicago Theatre: Lady GaGa
Darkroom: Late Street Collective
Double Door: The Damnwells, Flame Shark, Katie Todd
Empty Bottle: Windy City Soul Club
Hideout: My Gold Mask, The Bitter Tears, Violetness
House of Blues: Led Zeppelin 2 (tribute)
Lincoln Hall: Bailiff, Loose Lips Sink Ships, Son of Cops
Martyr’s: Balkano!, Lamajamal, SolAranja
Metro: Treaty of Paris, AM Taxi, The Insecurities, Last Fast Action, The Victory Gins
Metro (Smart Bar): Classixx, SR-71, Greg Haus
Reggie’s Music Joint: Mr. Blotto, Scarlet Oaks
Reggie’s Rock Club: Battery (Metallica tribute), The Skoews (Misfits tribute), Denial Machine, Red 70 Blackstar
Ronny’s: Vortis, Modern Day Rippers, International Espionage!, The Van Buren Boys
Schubas (7pm): John Kimler, Josh Kalmus
Schubas (10pm): Southeast Engine, Chaperone, Jared Bartman
Subterranean: Verona Red, The Glide, The Locals

Southeast Engine: “Black Gold” (video)


Sunday, January 10
Beat Kitchen (3pm): Paul Green School of Rock Tribute to The Who
Bottom Lounge: Aetiology, Left Brain Heart, Poundcake
Chicago Theatre: Lady GaGa
Darkroom: Double Feature Film Screening – Escape from New York, Robocop
Double Door: Earshot, Future Leaders of the World, Last Night Disaster
Hideout: Dasboton, The Lanterns, Blasted Diplomats
House of Blues: Anvil
Reggie’s Rock Club: Ferrison, Alex Ludavico, What Happens Next, An Aesthetic Anaesthetic
Ronny’s: Cousin Dud
Schubas: The Show n’ Tell Show

Anvil: “School Love” (video)

Posted under Babystew Home,This Week In Chicago by Steve on Monday 4 January 2010 at 10:00 am

Kid, You’ll Move Mountains @ Metro [1/2/10]

I suspected going into last night that I would be a fan of Kid, You’ll Move Mountains’ live show. After all, their album, Loomings, made my Favorite Albums of 2009 list. So, unless they sucked live, odds were pretty good that I was going to be pleased with the show.

And, put simply, they did not suck live. In fact, try to imagine the exact opposite of sucking live, and that’s what you would have seen (or did see) at last night’s show.

Do yourself a favor and catch the band with Bishop Allen at Lincoln Hall on Friday, February 5th. I will most certainly be there.

Oh, and you can still download Loomings for FREE here for the time-being. Get on it before it disappears!

Kid, You’ll Move Mountains




Picture Books

Venna

Posted under Babystew Home,Concert Photos by Steve on Sunday 3 January 2010 at 3:10 pm

David Vandervelde + Bobby Bare, Jr. @ Schubas

Hope everyone had a great (and safe) New Year’s Eve last night.

Personally, I was at Schubas here in Chicago with a couple of friends to see David Vandervelde. And, damn, he did not disappoint – a good word to describe his set might be “blistering”. That kid can play some freakin’ guitar. The set consisted of just one song off of his debut LP, Moonstation House Band, and I think two from its followup, Waiting for the Sunrise, with the rest sounding to me like new songs. Really, really good, rock and roll songs at that. Hope we get a new album soon, and hope David comes back through town at least once in 2010.

As for Bobby Bare, Jr., I don’t know his music well, and I liked what I heard well enough, but he seems to have a very rabid, drunken-partytime fanbase a la The Drive-By Truckers; and while I can tolerate it with DBT because I love them so damn much, it’s much harder to deal with when you don’t know much about the artist and are trying to pay attention to his music. After about 30 minutes we actually gave up and just started drinking at the front bar.

All in all, though, well worth it for Vandervelde’s set, and I imbibed the requisite amount of NYE alcohol.

Oh, and one last note – the opener, Ben Clarke, was pretty solid. I’m gonna have to check him out.

David Vandervelde




Bobby Bare, Jr.


Posted under Babystew Home,Concert Photos by Steve on Friday 1 January 2010 at 10:49 pm

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