I've got a whole city to hold down

February 04, 2005


This is a big one.

New at the Abbey Pub: Scott Biram (new Bloodshot dude, 3/2), Slobberbone (last Chicago show, 3/4), Guitar Wolf (3/6), Rachels (3/11), Heiruspecs w/ Psalm One (3/20), Gift of Gab w/ Lateef (4/7), Brendan Benson (4/8), Sole w/ Pedestrian and Dosh (4/15), Melt Banana w/ Yakuza (5/5).

New and/or notable at Bottom Lounge: High on Fire (2/20), Lucero (2/22), Shonen Knife w/ Visqueen (2/28), Demolition Dollrods (3/2), Hot Hot Heat (3/3), Maritime (3/5), the Hold Steady (3/8), TRS-80 w/ Beep Beep and United State of Electronica (3/10), the Paper Chase w/ Make Believe and Saturday Looks Good to Me (3/12), Seven Harkey w/ Jim Roll (3/13), Silkworm (3/18), Japan Girls Nite feat. Petty Booka (3/20), Xiu Xiu (3/24), Suffrajett (3/25), Soviettes w/ Phenoms and 4-Squares (3/26), Juliana Theory (4/6), Grand Champeen w/ Ol' Yeller (4/8), Mustard Plug (4/9), the Afflictions w/ Outrageous Cherry (4/16), Desmond Dekkar & the Aces (4/22), Even in Blackouts (5/7).

New at Empty Bottle: Out Hud (4/16), Perceptionists feat Mr Lif, Akrobatik and Fakts One (4/23), Atmosphere (new rock lineup, 4/25), British Sea Power (LSA, 5/19), Caribou (nee Manitoba) w/ Junior Boys (6/7).

New at Schubas: The Ocean Blue w/ Asobi Seksu (3/12), John Davis of Superdrag (3/17), Ooutlaw Family Band (record release party, 4/1), Riviera (record release) w/ Quasar Wut Wut and Paper Airplane Pilots (4/2).

February 03, 2005

Happy birthday to us

Yes, it's a year ago today that the Chicagomuzik blog was born.

Thanks for reading, writing, and spreading the good word.

Now back to our cake.

February 02, 2005

That time again

Ah spring, when a young man's (or lady's!) fancy turns to ... South by Southwest. Yes, the annual Austin conflagration is now just six weeks away, and the first rilly big list of confirmed bands was released today.

Locals on the docket: Break the Silence, Buried at Sea, Bobby Conn & the Glass Gypsies, Dark Fog, Devin Davis, Detholz!, Devil In A Woodpile, Edith Frost, Functional Blackouts, Head of Femur, the Jai Alai Savant, L'Altra, Jon Langford, the Living Blue (from Champaign), Mahjongg, Manishevitz, Nora O'Connor, Palaxy Tracks, Pelican, the Redwalls, the Reputation, Royal Space Force, Mavis Staples, Tight Phantomz, Troubled Hubble, Tyrades, the Waco Brothers, and ZZZZ.

A gang of Chicago labels, booking agents, critics, venues and others will also, no doubt, be in full effect - as will your fave local music blog, which has assigned your boy Lazlo Hollyfeld to again undertake the task of reporting from the belly of the beast.

These guys give a folk

The annual University of Chicago folk festival rolls around again this weekend, as it has every year since Richie Daley was just a snot-nosed Bridgeport punk.

As always the U of C Folklore Society promises a little of everything: Bluegrass, blues, creole, klezmer, fiddle music, uillean pipes and probably a whole lot more.

It all goes down Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings on the U of C campus at Mandel Hall.

February 01, 2005

Buddy can you spare a dime?

Those still adrift for something to occupy their time this evening could do much worse than stop by Schubas, where talent buyer Matt Rucins has put together a bangup benefit for victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami. Performers will include the Waco Brothers, Steve & Liam of Frisbie,Kelly Hogan, Scott Lucas of Local H, Nora O'Connor, Carlos Ortega of Casolando, Giant Step and many more; you also get a gang of DJs, a raffle, and a silent auction of posters, tickets, and other swag.

A similar event held last month at the Hideout netted some $6,500 for organizations active in the South Asian relief effort.


First, a couple special events.

The 10th anniversary of Chicago-based Lakland Bass, makers of some of the world's finest bass guitars, will be marked with a Park West jam set for March 10. Scheduled performers include Lakland clients Duck Dunn, Bob Glaub, Darryl Jones, Joe Osborne and Jerry Scheff, all backed by Tributosaurus.

And as reported in today's papers, Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard are undertaking a co-headline tour that will stop at the Auditorium Theatre for five shows during the first week of April.

Now on to the usual suspects.

New at Double Door: DIZZEE RASCAL (4/30).

New at Empty Bottle: French Kicks w/ Calla (3/11), Stars w/ Apostle of Hustle (3/12), Sam Prekop (record release, 3/17), Ulrich Schnauss (Open End, 3/18), Fog (record release, 3/21), ZZZZ (free, 3/28), Appleseed Cast (LSA, 3/30), Dead meadow w/ Jennifer Gentle and Growing (4/1), Pelican w/ Oxes and Parts & Labor (4/6), Death From Above 1979 (4/15), Animal Collective (two shows, 4/27), Roots Manuva (5/3), the Books (5/9), Deerhoof (Open End, 5/12 and the Bottle, 5/15), Boredoms (5/21).

New at Metro: Nicholas Tremulis Orchestra w/ Ike Reilly Assassination (2/26), KRS-One w/ Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, Busy Bee, Kool Herc and more (3/18), the Soundtrack of Our Lives w/ the Dears (3/28), Living Legends w/ J-Live (4/15), Fantomas (4/19).

New at Schubas: Tift Merritt (3/9-10), the Silos (3/25), Citizen Cope (two shows, 3/26).

Rock Talk Alert

Tonight's topic on Sound Opinions is music on television. Guests include Alexandra Patsavas (music supervisor from The O.C., Glen Ellyn native and subject of a recent Trib profile) and Ken Tucker (author of 100 Things to Love & Hate About Television). As always that's 10 to midnight on WXRT.

January 31, 2005

This is what "elite" looks like

That famously edgy publication Crains Chicago Business this week offers a scouting report on the movers and shakers in local media, profiling 27 individuals who comprise what they call "Chicago's Media Elite."

Alongside the likes of megamillionaire media boss Fred Eychaner and ubiquitous bubblehead Tom Skilling, the list includes Stop Smiling founder JC Gabel, Metromix editor Leigh Behrens, and the guy pictured above - who Crains calls "the most influential rock critic in Chicago".