MP3: Mystery Jets, “Flash a Hungry Smile”

Mystery Jets, “Flash a Hungry Smile”

Great news via The Music Slut today — England’s Mystery Jets are set to release their third album, entitled Serotonin, on July 5th. And they’ve made the first track from the album, which is linked above, available for download.

If you’ve read this blog over the years, you’ll know that the Mystery Jets have been one of my favorite up-and-coming bands pretty much since I started this thing in early 2006. Here’s hoping that LP #3 is the album that finally breaks them to a much wider American audience.

Oh, and if you don’t know the band well, be sure to go listen to some songs on their MySpace page. Be sure to scroll down past the ad for the new single, and may I suggest starting with the track “Two Doors Down”.

Posted under Babystew Home,MP3s by Steve on Wednesday 21 April 2010 at 4:07 pm

Black Crowes Announce Huge Tour, “Indefinite Hiatus”

The Black Crowes are set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut LP, 1990’s Shake Your Moneymaker, in style this year.

First, they’ve announced the August 3rd release of Croweology, a “greatest hits” album featuring newly-recorded acoustic versions of more than 20 songs from throughout the band’s career. As a “thank you” to fans, the double album will be sold for the price of a single album.

Second, the band has announced a four-month run of concerts starting in Milwaukee on August 13th and running through a six-night stand at the Fillmore in San Francisco in December. The tour, being billed as the “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys Tour”, will find the band playing a 1.5 hour acoustic set followed by a 1.5 hour electric set in most cities. A few select shows, however, will be electric-only.

The bad news? If you couldn’t tell from the name of the tour, this is it for the band… at least for a while. Following the end of this tour, the band will go on “indefinite hiatus”. So see them while you can.

Black Crowes Tour Dates
* = electric-only show

Aug 13 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre
Aug 14 – Walker, MN* @ Northern Lights Casino
Aug 15 – Apple Valley, MN* @ Zoo Amphitheatre
Aug 17 – Des Moines, IA* @ Simon Estes Amphitheatre
Aug 18 – Kansas City, MO* @ Harrah’s Kansas City
Aug 20 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore at The State Theatre
Aug 21 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Aug 22 – Columbus, OH @ Promowest Pavilion
Aug 24 – Cleveland, OH* @ House of Blues
Aug 25 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Murat Theatre
Aug 27 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Aug 28 – Council Bluffs, IA* @ Stir Cove
Aug 29 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
Aug 31- Salt Lake City, UT* @ The Depot
Sep 7 – Salina, KS* @ The Stiefel Theatre
Sep 8 – Tulsa, OK* @ Cain’s Ballroom
Sep 10 – Charleston, SC @ Family Circle Magazine Stadium
Sep 12 – Nashville, TN@ Ryman Auditorium
Sep 17 – Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh Boutique Amphitheatre
Sep 18 – Charlotte, NC @ Uptown Amphitheatre at the Music Factory
Sep 19 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Sep 21 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Florida Theatre
Sep 24 – Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theatre
Sep 26 – Dallas, TX* @ House of Blues
Oct 1 – Biloxi, MS* @ Beau Rivage Casino
Oct 2 – Fayetteville, AR @ Arkansas Music Pavilion
Oct 15 – Albany, NY @ The Palace
Oct 16 – Salamanca, NY* @ Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel
Oct 17 – Red Bank, NJ* @ Count Basie Theatre
Oct 19 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Oct 20 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Oct 22 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Oct 23 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Oct 24 – Hampton Beach, NH* @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Oct 26 – Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theatre
Oct 27 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Oct 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
Oct 30 – Atlantic City, NJ* @ Music Box @ Borgata Resort
Oct 31 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre Times Square
Nov 2 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre Times Square
Nov 4 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre Times Square
Nov 5 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre Times Square
Nov 6 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre Times Square
Nov 10 – Baltimore, MD* @ Ram’s Head
Nov 12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ North Shore Entertainment Complex
Nov 13 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
Nov 14 – Washington, D.C.@ 9:30 Club
Nov 16 – Richmond, VA @ The National
Nov 17 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
Nov 19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
Nov 20 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
Dec 3 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Auditorium
Dec 4 – Eugene, OR* @ McDonald Theatre
Dec 5 – Seattle, WA* @ Showbox SODO
Dec 7- Santa Barbara, CA @ The Arlington Theatre
Dec 10 – Las Vegas, NV* @ The Joint
Dec 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
Dec 12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Dec 14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Dec 15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Dec 17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Dec 18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Dec 19 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Wednesday 21 April 2010 at 11:23 am

VIDEO: “Ballad of El Goodo” (Backstage Rehearsal)

We’ve already seen video of Jon Auer and Sondre Lerche practicing this song in Jon’s hotel room in Austin, but here’s a video of the full band (and friends) rehearsing backstage before the Big Star Tribute show at SXSW last month.

In the video are Sondre Lerche, Jon Auer, Ken Stringfellow, Jody Stephens, Amy Spease, Mike Mills and Chris Stamey, among others.

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Wednesday 21 April 2010 at 10:37 am

MP3: Pernice Brothers, “Jacqueline Susann”

“Jacqueline Susann”

First song from the band’s forthcoming album, Goodbye, Killer – their first since 2006 – due out June 15th via their own Ashmont Records.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Pernice’s, due mainly to his breathy voice, though I did quite like 2001’s World Won’t End. This tune is on the rockier side of things I’ve heard from Joe (I am far from a completist), and I kinda like it. Bring on the album.

The band plans to tour extensively in support of the album. I’ll post dates when I have them.

Posted under Babystew Home,MP3s by Steve on Monday 19 April 2010 at 5:29 pm

Do Division Festival Announces 2010 Lineup

One of the things I’ve been looking forward to most since moving to Chicago is the summer street festival season.

For those of you not from here (and particularly if you’re from my former home of New York), don’t let the “street festival” name fool you. These aren’t the Manhattan style summer street fairs where you go merely to get $1 socks, painful chair massages or zeppoles (mmm, zeppoles). Rather, Chicago street festivals actually tend to live up to the “festival” name, and feature actual, you know, live entertainment.

And speaking of entertainment, check out the lineup for this year’s Do Division festival, which goes down on Division Avenue between Ashland and Leavitt on June 5th and 6th. If you can’t tell by the quality of the acts, the festival’s two stages are being booked by the folks from Empty Bottle Presents and Subterranean/House Call Entertainment. Can’t wait.

Note — I’ve highlighted the bands I’ll be trying to see.

Saturday, June 5th
Damen Avenue Stage
1:00pm Jeremy Messersmith
2:30pm Maritime
4:00pm CoCoComas
5:30pm Headlights
7:00pm Pelican

8:30pm Hood Internet

Leavitt Stage
1:00 pm Days Off
2:05 pm The Gunshy
3:10 pm The Poison Arrows
4:15 pm Vacations
5:20 pm Bailiff
6:00 pm Sybris
7:40 pm The Good Life
9:00 pm The Night Marchers

Sunday, June 6th
Damen Avenue Stage
1:00pm The Mynabirds (Laura of Georgie James’ new band)
2:30pm Earl Greyhound
4:00pm Warpaint
5:30pm El Ten Eleven
7:00pm Ponys

8:30pm YACHT

Leavitt Stage
1:00 pm John Drake & The Shakes
2:05 pm Cameron McGill & What Army
3:10 pm Tim Larson & The Owner Operators
4:15 pm Rego
5:20 pm Soft Speaker
6:25 pm Scott Lucas And The Married Men
7:35 pm Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons
9:00 pm Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Thanks to The AV Club for the heads up.

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 19 April 2010 at 11:40 am

This Week In Chicago (April 19-25)

Decent week of music coming up, though most of what interests me is loaded up on Monday and Thursday. And with the exception of The Whigs on Friday, the weekend is pretty slow. Not sure there’s a single thing I want to see on Saturday. Guess I should find myself a date for that night.

Shows in bold are recommended shows, while shows in larger bold red are shows that I plan on going to and/or shows that I really, really think you should be going to.

Monday, April 19
Beat Kitchen: Pat McCurdy
Beauty Bar: Jamie xx (DJ set), Midnight Conspiracy, Erik Roldan
Double Door: Joey Marcantonio, Chris Grant, Matt Ayo
Empty Bottle: David Vandervelde, Ghostfinger, Psychic Friends [FREE]
Hideout: Robbie Fulks duo w/ Eliza Gilkyson
House of Blues: A Day to Remember, August Burns Red, more
Martyr’s: Tin Lynott
Metro/Smart Bar: Hot Chip (DJ Set), Scotty Brandon, Mister Joshua
Park West: Bad Lieutenant, Big Science [CANCELLED]
Reggie’s Rock Club: Makeshift Prodigy, The Alumni Club, more
Riviera: Hot Chip
Ronny’s: Literature, Crayolala
Schubas: Monotonix, Bottomless Pit
Subterranean: The Gay Blades, The Press
The Vic: Ben Folds and a Piano, Kate Miller-Heidke

Tuesday, April 20
Abbey Pub: Young Money, Jae Miltz, more
Beat Kitchen: Chicago Underground Comedy
Double Door: Radio Moscow, Naam, Velcro Lewis & His 100 Proof Band
Empty Bottle (7pm): The Body, Dead Times, Sun Splitter
Empty Bottle (9:30pm): Chord, Locrian, Brief Candles
Hideout: Sanctified Grumblers
House of Blues: Blue October, Stars of Track and Field, Hurricane Bells
Lincoln Hall: Fish Out Of Water DVD Release ft. JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, more
Martyr’s: The Jordan Years, Crystal Gravy
Park West: Transatlantic
Reggie’s Rock Club: Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Fit For Rivals, more
Ronny’s: The Satire, Oyarsa, more
Schubas: Two Door Cinema Club, Gemini Club [SOLD OUT]
Subterranean: Big D and the Kids Table, Cobalt & The Hired Guns
The Vic: Ben Folds and a Piano, Kate Miller-Heidke

Wednesday, April 21
Abbey Pub: Solo Mob, C.E.O., The Naturals, more
Beat Kitchen: Zach Hill, The Field Auxiliary
Darkroom: Sons of Fire, Mag 7, Wild Jesus, Montauk Monster
Double Door: Macguffin, Facing Winter, Valentiger, Mike Maimone and the Mutts
Empty Bottle: The Record Low, Follows, Lea
Hideout: Immediate Sound Series ft. James Falzone, Frank Rosaly’s Cicada Music
House of Blues: Bleeding Through, Born Osiris, more
Lincoln Hall: Red Sparowes, Caspian, Fang Island
Martyr’s: Uncle Lucius, Jane Baxter Miller, Lush Budgett
Metro: Echo & The Bunnymen, Hatcham Social
Park West: Charlotte Gainsbourg, AM
Reggie’s Rock Club: Nashville Pussy, Psychostick, more
Ronny’s: Dummy Room, X Is For Eyes
Schubas: Jon McLaughlin
Subterranean: Chaperone, Tacoma Narrows, Laarks
The Vic: Ben Folds and a Piano, Kate Miller-Heidke

Thursday, April 22
Abbey Pub: International Pop Overthrow – The Luck of Eden Hall, The Tom Fuller Band, more
Beat Kitchen: The Vindits, Simco, The Black Tape, I Lost Control
Bottom Lounge: Falkirk, The Clergymen, Goat Motor, Super Priest
Congress Theater: Passion Pit, The Smith Westerns
Cubby Bear: The Raveonettes [FREE]
Double Door: The Streets on Fire, Conrad Richards, In Runes, Paula Head
Empty Bottle: Aloha, Pomegranates, Reds & Blue
Hideout: Cameron McGill, Sad Brad Smith
Lincoln Hall: The Antlers, Phantogram
Martyr’s: Cadillac Sky, Jill Andrews, Katie & Pat
Reggie’s Rock Club: Deadstar Assembly, Fashion Bomb, more
Ronny’s: Brother George, Wild Moccasins, The Beets, Cloud Nothings, Legs Like Straw, Ara and the Volodkas
Schubas: Horse Feathers, Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps
Subterranean: We Are Wolves, El Ten Eleven, Parlovr
The Vic: Corinne Bailey Rae, Daniel Merriweather

Friday, April 23
Abbey Pub: International Pop Overthrow – Ellis Clark & Epicycle, Million Yen, more
Beat Kitchen: Urbanites, Blane Fonda, The Hudson Branch, Antennas Up
Beauty Bar: Free Energy, Moneypenny
Bottom Lounge: The Whigs, Empires, Old Fake
Congress Theater: Gogol Bordello
Darkroom: Echonine, Trancid, more
Double Door: The Mashers, Dummy, Minutes
Empty Bottle: Trans Am, Nice Nice, Jonas Reinhardt
Hideout: Immediate Sound Series 4th Anniversary ft. Mike Reed 8tet, Brotzmann/Drake Duo
House of Blues: Pat Green
Lincoln Hall: Carbon Leaf, Alex Band of The Calling
Martyr’s: Cathy Richardson, Lying Delilah
Metro: Rosaline, Till Death, Victorian Halls, more
Park West: Martin Sexton, Ryan Montbleau Band
Reggie’s Rock Club: Nate & His Kite, We The Granada, more
Ronny’s: Iron Reminders, Harpoon, Winters in Osaka
Schubas (7pm): Marie Digby, Jessica Robbins
Schubas (10pm): Elmwood, Daphne Willis
Subterranean: Semi-Precious Weapons, Nice Vega, Breedlove

Saturday, April 24
Abbey Pub (1:30pm): International Pop Overthrow – Cyclesomething, The Abbeys, more
Abbey Pub (8:30pm): Captured By Robots, I LOVE RICH, more
Aragon: Angels and Airwaves
Beat Kitchen: Melissa Auf Der Maur, Panther Style (canceled due to volcano)
Bottom Lounge: Milano, The Atomica Project, Ayanami, Ode, Mosquito Fleet
Congress Theater: Resonate 5.0
Double Door: Jeffrey David, Chris Muehrle, more
Empty Bottle: The Styrenes, Daily Void, John Bellows
Hideout: Immediate Sound Series 4th Anniversary ft. Josh Berman and His Gang, more
House of Blues: BB King, Rachel Cantu
Lincoln Hall: Umphrey’s McGee [SOLD OUT]
Martyr’s: The Infamous Stringdusters, Sexfist
Metro: One Night Stand’s Make It Rain, Team Bayside High, more
Reggie’s Rock Club: Alcest, Clad in Darkness, Velnias
Ronny’s (5pm): Why Intercept?, Giant Cloud, Pagan Youth
Ronny’s (9pm): Dead Fingers, Mondo Ray, Holley 750, Ratbomb
Schubas (7pm): Jarrod Borbel, Curtis Evans
Schubas (10:30pm): The Mary Onettes, Camera
Subterranean: Deal’s Gone Bad, The Hard Lessons, Scissors

Sunday, April 25
Abbey Pub (1:30pm): International Pop Overthrow – Hollus, Otter Petter, more
Beat Kitchen: One For The Team, Evan Holmes
Double Door: Shnurov’s Rubl
Empty Bottle: Great Society Mind Destroyers, Centipede Eest, Mediums
House of Blues: BB King, Rachel Cantu
Lincoln Hall: The Album Leaf, Sea Wolf
Martyr’s: Chicago Improv Festival’s Closing Night ft CIF All-Stars, Reset List
Metro: White Rabbits, Here We Go Magic, Pet Lions
Reggie’s Rock Club: The Break, No Love Lost, more
Ronny’s: Nato Coles and the Bad Dream, Blackbelts
Schubas: Spencer Mulder, Family of the Year, Breaking Laces
Subterranean: Abbott Smile, Winter, Ground Support, Violetness
The Vic: Sia, Girl in a Coma

Posted under Babystew Home,This Week In Chicago by Steve on Monday 19 April 2010 at 9:30 am

VIDEO: The Antlers, “Sylvia”

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Thursday 15 April 2010 at 5:09 pm

VIDEO: The Rest, “Modern Time Travel”

Still waiting for this band to blow up in the U.S. If there’s any fairness in the music industry (ha!), it won’t take too much longer. And maybe they’ll come to Chicago too.

Read about the Blogotheque session here, and listen to more from The Rest at MySpace.

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Tuesday 13 April 2010 at 5:07 pm

MP3: Bottomless Pit, “38 Souls”

Bottomless Pit, “38 Souls”

Hot damn. Chicago’s own Bottomless Pit are set to release LP #2, Blood Under The Bridge, via Comedy Minus One on August 10th. The first track from the album – actually the album’s closer – is linked above, and it’s a friggin’ scorcher. I cannot wait to hear this album.

It’s funny. The band is scheduled to open for Monotonix next Monday here in town, and that show is up against David Vandervelde at the Empty Bottle. I’ve been undecided about which to see for the past few weeks. “38 Souls” has now shifted the balance toward Bottomless Pit.

Posted under Babystew Home,MP3s by Steve on Tuesday 13 April 2010 at 10:10 am

Check It Out With Dr. Steve Brule

Yes. Just yes.

Premieres May 16th.

Promo #1

Promo #2

Posted under Babystew Home by Steve on Monday 12 April 2010 at 11:49 am

VIDEO: Sweet Apple, “Do You Remember”

Two of the louder shows I saw at South By Southwest this year were by the band Sweet Apple. (That’s a photo from the band’s first-ever show at Habana Calle 6 over on the right.)

The band, which features members of Cobra Verde and Witch – including the latter’s J Mascis – is set to release its debut LP, Love and Desperation, via Tee Pee Records next Tuesday (4/20). You can pre-order it here.

In preparation for the album’s release, the band released a brand new video for the album’s first track, “Do You Remember”, this morning over at Stereogum.

Check it out:

My friend and his wife recently started taking tennis lessons. If I’d known there was a chance of playing against J Mascis (using a guitar as a racket, no less), I totally would have joined too.

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Monday 12 April 2010 at 10:32 am

This Week In Chicago (April 12-18)

Relatively slow week this week, especially when you compare it to the rest of April and what’s still to come in May. As of now, I’d say I’ll probably be at 3 shows this week (Robbie Fulks, The Wedding Present and Graham Parkers & The Figgs), though I’m also considering The Church, Tyler Jon Tyler and the early Rogue Wave show on Saturday. We shall see.

Shows in bold are recommended shows, while shows in larger bold red are shows that I plan on going to and/or shows that I really, really think you should be going to.

Monday, April 12
Beat Kitchen: Pat McCurdy
Double Door: Joey Marcantonio
Empty Bottle: Berry, Blah Blah Blah, I Am A Nation [FREE]
Hideout: Robbie Fulks duo with Robbie Gjersoe
House of Blues: Florence & The Machine, Holy Hail
Lincoln Hall: The Morning Benders, Miniature Tigers
Martyrs: Samba Bamba, Trio Copacabana

Tuesday, April 13
Abbey Pub: Caw! Caw!, Yawn
Beat Kitchen: Chicago Underground Comedy
Double Door: Identity Crises, Inc., Natalie Oliveri, more
Empty Bottle: Dead Meadow, Imaad Wasif, Black Wyrm Seed
Hideout: Sanctified Grumblers
Martyrs: Kevin O’Donnell’s Spring Spectacular
Reggie’s Rock Club: The Rocketz, The Honeybees, more
Ronny’s: Hobo & Boxcar, Pharmacy Spirits, Kramer Versus Kramer
Schubas: Laugh It Up Kid comedy night
Subterranean: Francis and the Lights, Vacations, Sleep Out

Wednesday, April 14
Abbey Pub: Disco Dance Party w/ Still Going, Jordan Z, more
Beat Kitchen: Model N, The Van Goghs, The Canoes
Bottom Lounge: Emblems, Young Jesus, Rabbit Children
Darkroom: Remington Pettygrove, Dear Noel, Earth Baby
Double Door: Soul Summit w/ Supreme Court, Dave Mata, more [FREE SHOW]
Empty Bottle: Pissed Jeans, HERDS, Cougars
Hideout: Immediate Sound Series ft/ The Clarinet Trio
Martyrs: Cabaret Vagabond
Reggie’s Rock Club: Common Folk, The Omegas
Ronny’s: Tartufi, Jared Grabb, Transmontane, more
Schubas: Kaiser Cartel, Divebar, The Wiitala Brothers
Subterranean: The Nic Jones All Stars, Gabe Rosen, Analog Device

Thursday, April 15
Abbey Pub: The Queue, Gidgets Ga Ga, Kevin Lee, The Kings
Beat Kitchen: Furious Frank, Surgeons In Heat, Flame Shark, The Congregation
Bottom Lounge: Growing, Tirra Lirra, Jewsus, The Armor Class
Darkroom: Billa Camp, Lucid Music, Man-Droid, DJ Ruin
Double Door: The Foreign Exchange
Empty Bottle: Dosh, White Hinterland, Roommate
Hideout: Johnny & The Limelights, Tyler Jon Tyler, Dan “The Proactive Man” Danson
House of Blues: Blues Traveler
Lincoln Hall: Cloud Cult, Roma di Luna
Martyrs: Vieux Farka Toure, DJ Warp
Park West: The Church
Reckless Records/Lakeview (4pm): Adam Green [FREE]
Reggie’s Rock Club: The Runnies, Hollows, 8 Inch Betsy
Ronny’s: Useless Children, Krunchies, Ratattack, Culo
Schubas: Adam Green, The Dead Trees
Subterranean: Blow the Speakers, Jeremy Dawson, more

Friday, April 16
Abbey Pub: Dawen, BU, Parts Per Million, Raman Sachdev
Aragon: Thirty Seconds to Mars
Beat Kitchen: Prizzy Prizzy Please, Sass Dragons, Das Kapital, The Brokedowns
Beauty Bar: Depressed Buttons, Dark Wave Disco DJs, Butch Cassidy
Bottom Lounge: Finntroll, Moonsorrow, Swallow the Sun, more
Congress Theater: Three 6 Mafia
Darkroom: Kon and Amir, Pete the Beats, Maker
Double Door: The Wedding Present, Girl in a Coma, Welcome to Ashley
Empty Bottle: JT and the Clouds, Baby Teeth, Pool of Frogs
Hideout: Baby Dee, AZITA
House of Blues (6pm): Honor Society, Just Kait, Ashlyne Huff
House of Blues (11pm): Sander Kleinenberg
Lincoln Hall: Owen, Rocky Votolato, Brooke Waggoner
Martyrs: Tributosaurus Signature Series [SOLD OUT]
Metro: Dr. Dog, Sean Bones
Old Town School of Music (7pm): King Sunny Ade & His African Beats
Old Town School of Music (10pm): King Sunny Ade & His African Beats
Reggie’s Rock Club: U-Melt, The Hue, Fifth World
Ronny’s: Trin Tran, Piles, Heavy Times
Schubas (7:30pm): Jerry Joseph, Wally Ingram
Schubas (10:30pm): Best Coast, Light Pollution
Subterranean: Death Threat, Death Before Dishonor, The Mongoloids, more

Saturday, April 17
Aragon: Conjunto Primavera, Banda Los Recoditos
Beat Kitchen: Mr. Russia, Metropolly, Sam Vicari
Bottom Lounge: Starter Kit, The Barcait Couture, The Footlight Frenzy, more
Congress Theater: Molotov
Darkroom: White Label Sessions w/ DJ Lego
Double Door: The Jai Alai Savant w/ DJ sets
Empty Bottle: Disappears, Golden Birthday, Nervous Curtains
Hideout: Lazer Crystal, Bitchin Bajas
Lincoln Hall (7pm): Rogue Wave, MAN/MIRACLE
Lincoln Hall (10:30pm): Rogue Wave, JMB [SOLD OUT]

Martyrs: Tributosaurus Signature Series [SOLD OUT]
Metro (7pm): OK Go, Earl Greyhound, The Booze
Metro (12am): Nocturna ft. Faith and the Muse, DJ Scary Lady Sarah
Old Town School of Music (7pm): Graham Parker & The Figgs
Old Town School of Music (10pm): Graham Parker & The Figgs
Reggie’s Rock Club: Kirby Krackle, The Fuglees
Ronny’s: Brain Idea, Electric Jellyfish, Ketman, Coins
Schubas (7pm): Jeffrey Foucault, Andy Friedman
Schubas (10pm): Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int’l ft. Samba Mapangala, Phil Cohran
Subterranean: Skarhead, Wisdom in Chains, Reign Supreme, more
The Vic: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Rahzel

Sunday, April 18
Beat Kitchen: Danger Is My Middle Name, A Kidnap In Color, Skies Alive, Atavan
Bottom Lounge: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Cheer-Accident, American Draft
Congress Theater: Festival de Comediantes
Double Door: Legendary Shack Shakers, The Hackensaw Boys, Tangleweed
Empty Bottle: Panda Riot, E-603, A Lull
House of Blues: A Day to Remember, August Burns Red, more
Lincoln Hall: Dave Barnes, Andrew Ripp
Old Town School of Music: Carrie Newcomer & Eliza Gilkyson
Reggie’s Rock Club: Daikaiju, Abstract Artimus
Ronny’s: Jay Heart Montreal, The Circle View, Born Empty, more
Schubas: Matthew Ryan
Subterranean: Mapmaker, Animal City, A(a)rdvark, Sons of the West

Posted under Babystew Home,This Week In Chicago by Steve on Monday 12 April 2010 at 9:30 am

Assorted Recent Concert Photos

Been kinda lax in posting photos from some of the shows I’ve seen recently. So in an attempt to catch up, I’m just gonna dump a few here without comment. Enjoy.

Soul Asylum @ Cubby Bear [4/10/10]

Fanfarlo @ Lincoln Hall [4/7/10]

Lawrence Arabia @ Lincoln Hall [4/7/10]

Robert Francis @ Lincoln Hall [4/7/10]

Robbie Fulks @ Hideout [4/5/10]

Posted under Babystew Home,Concert Photos by Steve on Sunday 11 April 2010 at 2:37 pm

The Soft Pack @ Empty Bottle [4/9/10]

As much as I wanted to see this show going in, I wasn’t really in the mood for a long night. And, thankfully, the bands seemed to be of the same mind. Openers Beaters played for about 30 minutes, then Male Bonding played for about 20, and headliners The Soft Pack closed things out with a 55 minute set.

Overall it was a pretty solid show. The Soft Pack were fantastic as always. This was my first time seeing Male Bonding, and I thought they were pretty good, if nothing terribly new. They’re not too different than the rest of the whole lo-fi, fuzzy Vivian/Dum Dum/Girls scene, but I liked them anyway. It was also my first time seeing (and hearing) Beaters, and while I liked most of what I heard, I really, really disliked their singer. And I mean really disliked.

The Soft Pack

Male Bonding


Posted under Babystew Home,Concert Photos by Steve on Saturday 10 April 2010 at 4:21 pm

VIDEO: Circus Devils, “Mother Skinny”

Odd. Just plain odd.

Posted under Babystew Home,Videos by Steve on Saturday 10 April 2010 at 1:48 pm

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