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Frank Bang & The Secret Stash

March 22 • Southgate House Revival (Lounge)

1 Comment · Tuesday, March 19, 2013
For Chicagoan Frank Blinkal, a day-and-night club job at Buddy Guy’s Legends gave him a front row seat and unprecedented access to some of the greatest names in Blues — Otis Rush, Lonnie Brooks and Junior Wells, not to mention Legends’ illustrious owner. 

Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts

March 22 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 19, 2013
In 1998, Weiland began his solo run with 12 Bar Blues followed a decade later by the stylistically diverse “Happy” in Galoshes and then two albums in 2011, A Compilation of Scott Weiland Covers (which he described as his version of David Bowie’s Pin-Ups) and the holiday themed The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, which now appear to be the final two missives in Weiland’s solo catalog.

Frightened Rabbit

March 25 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Urgent and bracing, sullen and surrendering … the music of Frightened Rabbit often seems a mess of emotions tied up in a twitching, fragile guise of genius. Like a thin, bruised girl with a Kurt Cobain kind of problem, Frightened Rabbit would fall apart if you took any one thing (music, lyrics or sentiment) away from it.   

The Whigs

March 17 • 20th Century Theater

0 Comments · Monday, March 11, 2013
The Whigs specialize in earnest, guitar-driven nuggets that recall both their hometown’s jangle-laden roots and a variety of old-school heavy-hitters, from Neil Young to The Replacements. Hey, sometimes good taste and a rousing live show is more than enough.  

Milo Greene with Kopecky Family Band

March 18 • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Monday, March 11, 2013
Hailing from Los Angeles, Milo Greene has taken to calling itself “Cinematic-Pop.” There’s no reason to disagree. The members intend for their music to possess a softness to it that makes it perfect for soundtracking movies.  


March 18 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Monday, March 11, 2013
When people of a certain age hear the name Chevelle, they typically think of Chevrolet’s high performance sports coupe from the ’70s. Oddly enough, the brothers Loeffler had the same thought when naming their band in 1995; the Chevelle was their father’s favorite car.    

The Ready Set

March 19 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Monday, March 11, 2013
The one-man-basement/bedroom-band project has become a contemporary Pop staple of late and one of the sub-genre’s highest profile acts over the past decade has been Jordan Mark Witzigreuter’s energetic Synth Pop contribution, The Ready Set.    

The Chieftains

March 8-10 • Music Hall

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
There is every other traditional Celtic Folk band on the planet and then there’s The Chieftains. Or maybe that should be the other way around; a good many critics would agree that the Chieftains single-handedly raised the profile of Irish music on a global basis and paved the way for every band that has subsequently followed a similar path.   


March 8 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Clutch has been one of the primary groups to bring Stoner Rock and Alt Metal to a broader audience. Over the course of Clutch’s 23-year history, the quartet has recorded 10 studio albums — their latest, Earth Rocker, is slated for a March 19 release.

Ill Poetic

March 9 • Mainstay Rock Bar

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
In the short amount of time it takes to get through the EP Synesthesia: The Yellow Movement (just under 24 minutes), Ill Poetic takes the listener on a funky, soulful trip through his creative process.   

Sara Watkins

March 11 • 20th Century Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Sara Watkins has had a deceptively long career in music despite her young age. She came onto the scene as a member of the progressive Bluegrass group Nickel Creek, which featured her brother Sean Watkins and budding genius Chris Thile.   

Animal Collective with Dan Deacon

March 12 • Madison Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The garish, densely layered cover art for Animal Collective’s latest album, Centipede Hz, is just the first sign that the Baltimore-bred Psych Pop crew was intent on shifting creative gears this time out.  


Feb. 28 • Mayday

0 Comments · Monday, February 25, 2013
In cinematic terms — and Mountains is as cinematic as any musical outfit currently crafting soundscapes — it’s as if David Lynch and his longtime composer Angelo Badalamenti wrestled the eternally ethereal Tree of Life away from Terence Malick and injected a serious dose of mood-altering menace into its penultimate scene.

Jahman Brahman

March 2 • The Mad Frog

0 Comments · Monday, February 25, 2013
Once again, our state capital has thoughtfully provided us with a little ass-shaking musical joy rather than the usual fist-shaking political anger, this time in the wondrous form of Jahman Brahman.    

Ex Cops

March 3 • MOTR Pub

0 Comments · Monday, February 25, 2013
Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun have fairly lengthy Indie Rock genealogies between them, but none of their earlier affiliations would have indicated the sonic territory staked out on True Hallucinations, their debut together as Ex Cops.