Friday, August 16, 2013


I’m On Fire, And Baby, It’s Cold Outside. There will be a double dose of classic power pop tomorrow night at Reggies on south State Stree in Chicago when Pezband opens for Dwight Twilley. Pezband has a CD of previously unreleased material from its vault coming out later this year.

Paragon’s Virtues. Paragon Studios on Fulton Street in Chicago is holding a combination open house/acoustic concert featuring singer-songwriters this Sunday from 4:00 to 9:00 PM. Ellis Clark, who has performed in Epicycle, Social Act, and The Handcuffs, will be performing at 6:00 PM. He’ll probably be playing songs from his recent solo release, LP Number One. Admission for the Paragon Open House is free. 

On A Sad Note. Several Chicago area musicians gathered at the FitzGerald’s club in Berwyn this past Wednesday night for a memorial to their close friend, Tom "Pickles" Piekarski. The charismatic bass player, known for his work with several artists, including The Bad Examples, John Prine, Famous Potatoes, and Bucky Halter, recently suffered a fatal heart attack. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Coma Comes To Town. The San Antonio-based three-woman alt rock band Girl In A Coma will be appearing at the UNISONO en el Zocalo One Sound, One Village event in the Pilsen tomorrow. Mexican Institute Of Sound, Sidewalk Chalk, Fue, and Banda Potrillos will also be performing, and there will be women empowerment workshops throughout the day. In my review of Girl In A Coma’s Exits And All The Rest Cd (see June 11, 2012 in Archives) I described their songs as having rough edges, abrupt tempo shifts, and emotionally charged lyrics.


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