Wilco with Steve Gunn

Tuesday • Taft Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Chicago has given us many things over the years. Awesome pizza. Billy Corgan. The Cubs, who will always do worse than the Reds. And each winter a chance to look at the weather report and not feel quite as downtrodden about “all the snow” that we get. Chicago’s greatest gift to the world, however, came in 1994 with the birth of a little band called Wilco.   

Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project

Tuesday • Southgate House Revival (Sanctuary)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
The idea behind Jayme Stone’s all-star group, Lomax Project, is so brilliant it leads one to wonder why no one has thought of it before. Alan Lomax was the legendary song-catcher and in-the-field recorder who went out into rural areas, wrong sides of the tracks and the outskirts of America in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s to collect obscure ethnic Folk music. Lomax took along a portable reel-to-reel tape recorder and captured the music of many unknown artists who would go on to be recognized by the larger population.  

Peelander-Z with Sweet Ray Laurel and Twin Guns

Tuesday • Southgate House Revival

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Japanese music culture has always been adept at absorbing Western musical forms and translating them into familiar but distinctly new concepts. Shonen Knife may have begun as a de facto Ramones tribute, but the band has grown into a unique sonic entity that embraces all genres and reconfigures them into its own singular sound. Given that, what can we make of Peelander-Z?   

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers with Us Elevator

Wednesday • Taft Theatre (Ballroom)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
When I was getting into music as a teenager, I took a genealogical approach to discovery. If I liked a particular band, then presumably I’d like the bands its members had played with previously or would play with subsequently. If you applied that same connective logic to Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, you would a) experience a healthy degree of corollary success, and b) collect a backbreaking amount of material in a hurry.  

Peter Hook & the Light: A Joy Division Celebration

Monday • Bogart’s

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Joy Division was indisputably one of the finest names to emerge as a hugely influential entity in Post Punk and, retroactively, Indie Rock, but the group’s stellar run only lasted only four years. In that first project’s wake, Joy Division’s remaining personnel formed New Order, but hearing a full-on Joy Division set from an authentic source wasn’t particularly viable.That is until Joy Division bassist (and former New Order member) Peter Hook started plotting Joy Division tribute shows.   

Strung Out with Red City Radio, La Armada and The Lockland Brakes

Saturday • Thompson House

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Punk was always intended to be fast, loose and fleeting; The Ramones didn’t have a pension plan. Neil Young wasn’t wrong when he noted that it’s better to burn out than to fade away and yet, for every band like The Sex Pistols that existed for a moment in the sun, there’s a band like SoCal’s Strung Out, with an amazingly long history and a potent catalog to back it up.  

Sphynx with Multimagic

Friday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Austin, Texas, Electro Pop trio Sphynx makes magnetic, jubilant noise — ’80s-tinted but also rooted in contemporary sounds like EDM and Indie Pop. Like a mix of Chromeo and MGMT at their grooviest, Sphynx’s music is a call to the cool kids to put down their phones and get on the dance floor. And the heartfelt and non-mechanical vibe makes it infectious and accessible enough to actually work.  

Barrence Whitfield & the Savages with The Sonics

Thursday • Woodward Theater

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Barrence Whitfield is the rare vocalist that comes around as infrequently as a December hurricane, with the same power and surprise. But Whitfield will tell you himself that a frontman is nothing without the right backing, and the best foil for the frenetic vocalist has always been guitarist Peter Greenberg.  

Hooked on Sonics

Influential early Pacific Northwest rockers The Sonics make an unlikely comeback

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
After years of hearing others talk about their influence on Rock musicians, pioneering Pacific Northwest rockers The Sonics have returned with a tour and brand new album, This Is the Sonics.   

Beyond the Mat

The Mountain Goats poetically explore the lives of small-time wrestlers on the new Beat the Champ

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The Mountain Goats have dropped 15 albums since 1994, the most recent of which, the just released Beat the Champ, is yet another effort in which frontman John Darnielle’s hyper-literate words and modest but expressive voice take center stage.