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March 02, 2005

Concertwatch

Posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld

New at Double Door: Amos Lee (4/4)

New at Metro: The Politics of Story: Literary Rock 'N' Roll (w/Dave Eggers reading, music by The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir + more) (3/23), Garbage (5/4)

New at Schubas: Trashcan Sinatras (5/1)

New at Congress Theater: The Shins (4/14)

Also, Yankee fans won't want to miss Ronan Tynan at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall (up in Evanston) on 4/17, where he will probably sing "God Bless America" 136 times in a row.

And Greg Kot is excited to inform us today that the Backstreet Boys are reuniting for a tour that will come to the House of Blues on 3/28.

Update:

New at Abbey Pub: M Ward (4/20), Stereo Total (5/19)

New at Bottom Lounge: Ben Lee/Har Mar Superstar (4/4), Shellac (4/15)

New at Logan Square Auditorium: Straylight Run/Minus The Bear (4/8)

New at Martyrs': Shellac (4/16-17)

How long since a Wilco update? That's totally unacceptable.

So it's been a week or three since we last wrote about Wilco. We apologize profusely for this oversight, as they probably released two new EPs, a screenplay, a Wilco-logo doggy sweater and the official line of Tony Margherita Hair Products for Men since we last looked.

All kidding aside, this Friday's Jeff Tweedy solo show (a benefit for the very serious fight against something called Kawasaki Disease, at the Vic) sold out in nothing flat, and a Saturday show has been added. Tix for the new gig (also a benefit, this time for the Tweedy Progeny College Fund) go on sale today, 3/2; link to info here.

March 01, 2005

Bloodshot: Exodus or rebirth?

North Carolina-based Yep Roc Records announced last week that it will release a new album from Chicago countryconoclast Robbie Fulks in May. The label says the disc, entitled Georgia Hard, represents a "return to [Fulks'] musical roots."

It's a departure, however, from his label roots. Fulks released his first two albums on Chicago's Bloodshot, left for an ill-fated fling with a major, then returned to the local fold. (Technically his last two slabs, The Very Best of Robbie Fulks and Couples In Trouble, were self-released by Fulks with distribution via Bloodshot.)

The loss of Fulks continues a trend of acts fleeing the self-styled home of "insurgent country." Bloodshot alumni Neko Case, Sally Timms, the Bottle Rockets, the Sadies, Trailer Bride and the Legendary Shack Shakers all issued albums elsewhere last year. Also in '04, the Old 97s (who like Fulks built a following on Bloodshot before moving up to the majors) returned to the indie ranks but with New West Records, and the Alejandro Escovedo tribute album Por Vida came out on Or Music.

Maybe, though, that exodus is really just a change of focus - back to nourishing local acts and up-and-comers, after a few years of taking on midcareer or veteran artists like the Yayhoos, Graham Parker, Ryan Adams and the previously noted Bottle Rockets. Bloodshot stoked the home fires with discs by Chicago acts Dollar Store and Nora O'Connor last year and there's a new Devil In A Woodpile album on the way; meanwhile they've inked two lesser-known national acts in Austin rockabilly/blues dude Scott Biram and bluegrass-based youngbloods Jim and Jennie & the Pinetops. Their Bloodshot debuts are expected this spring.