I've got a whole city to hold down

July 16, 2004

A whore like all the rest

The supposedly last-ever Guided By Voices shows have been announced. And they're slated for Metro, on December 30 and 31.
Tix for the 12/30 show, which go on sale Saturday, are a reasonably reasonable $25 - that is, before the Ticketbastard sinks its oily claws into you, of course. 
For the NYE gig, however - the real final show, y'know -  the tix are $75. But if that just ain't enough, you can also purchase . . . wait for it . . . Gold Circle passes! For the low, low price of just $125! And you get VIP balcony access! And a post-show grip-n-grin with pizza! And beer! And this cubic zirconium ring! Call now, operators are standing by!!!

July 15, 2004

Voter festival announced

So a lot of folks (including our own Lazlo Hollyfeld) have lamented the lack of politically minded music events in the Big Windy this election year. To them we say, Quitcherbitchin and behold the Interchange Festival, coming this August.

According to the group's press release there's a few facets to this Interchange festival. Most notable to followers of the Chicago music scene is this series of shows:

Tortoise, Diverse, Town and Country, David Singer & the Sweet Science (Hideout, outdoors, 8/18)
Charles Bissell (Wrens), Ken Vandermark, guest TBA (Schubas, 8/19)
Dolly Varden (Chicago Cultural Center, 8/20)
The M's, Bobby Conn, Sam Prekop (Empty Bottle, 8/20)
Sage Francis, Eyedea & Abilities, the Swiss Army, host Slug (Atmosphere), more TBA (Metro, 8/21)

All the scratch collected from ticket sales for each of these shows will go to a group, Citizen Action/Illinois, that specializes in voter registration and will be signing up Chicago voters through the election.

On top of that, seems there will also be some in-stores and voter registration drives at record joints like Reckless and the Jazz Record Mart.

And the same week, the Interchange group says they will be registering voters at concerts in other parts of the country, too - though that info doesn't appear to be on their website.

Sounds dope, no?
Update: Guess it sounds dope to the Meter, at least.

July 14, 2004


New at Metro: Goldie w/ Photek and others (9/3), Kill Hannah (9/18)

New at Double Door: Trashcan Sinatras (9/27), El Vez (11/12)

New from Jam: Complete lineup for "The Chill" (8/20-22 at the New City YMCA) is the Bob Marley Roots Rock Reggae Festival w/ the Marley Brothers including Ziggy Marley, Toots & the Maytals and others (Friday); Los Lobos and the Jazz Mandolin Project (Saturday); the Violent Femmes (Sunday). Also newly announced by Jam are Fastball (Martyrs, 8/21), the United Beats of Peace Tour with BT, Particle and Dan the Automator (the Vic, 8/27), Stiff Little Fingers (Metro, 8/27), Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra (Park West, 9/10), Erin McKeown (Schubas, 9/11), and the Derek Trucks Band (Park West, 9/17).

Update: New from the Abbey Pub: Sons of the Never Wrong (7/29), Frisbie (8/13), Tackhead (9/10), Solas (9/14), Robert Walter's 20th Congress (10/16).

July 13, 2004

Rock Talk Alert

Tonight on Sound Opinions, DeRogatis and Kot discuss the Jim-edited, canon-bashing new compendium Kill Your Idols.

As long as we're on the topic, here's an interview with DeRo about the book.


New at the Empty Bottle: WireFest 2004/Adventures in Modern Music Festival featuring Boom Bip w/ Oxbow, A View from A Window and Leafcutter John (9/22); the Gift of Gab w/ Ssion, Lasse Marhaug and the Davis Redford Triad (9/23); Telefon Tel Aviv w/ Borbetomagus, Paal Nilssen-Love/Ken Vandermark Duo and the Once & Future Herds (9/24); Thomas Brinkmann w/ Sightings, Keith Fullerton Whitman and Entrance (9/25); and Ghost w/ Noxagt and Double Leopards (9/26).

New at Schubas: The Derailers (8/27), Vulgar Boatmen (8/28).

July 12, 2004

Not bad for five bucks

That was Chicagomuzikblog Roving Correspondent Lazlo Hollyfeld's reaction when I sent him word of this gig and its cover charge: Saturday, July 24, at the Vic, it's the Mixx National DJ Competition finals with Kanye West and Slick Rick.

Trouble is, the New York Press reports, the DJ battle is a creation of the Brown & Williamson tobacco company, intended to promote a line of smokes aimed at African-Americans. "The 'special edition' packages come in four different styles," NYP says. "One of the full-cover illustrations features a rapper dripping with gold jewelry; two feature DJs working turntables; the fourth, hiphop dancers. The message is clear – collect ’em all, black kids, and trade ’em with your little black friends!

"We’ve never been shocked when a big tobacco company does something wicked. ... Even so, this sort of bare-assed pandering is just a little too over the top."

While we're at it, here's a take on the same topic from

Lyons done

July 25 marks the end of 8 years of music, mostly local, at the Lyons Den. According to its Web site, owner Joe Tozer has sold the bar. No word on how quickly we can expect the place, situated on Irving Park Road just east of the Lincoln/Damen intersection, to be reborn as a Starbucks topped with pricy condos.