Friday, July 12, 2019

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The Pretenders With Friends, a concert Chrissie Hynde and her band performed at the Decades Rock Arena in Atlantic City, NJ with special guests Iggy Pop, Shirley Manson, Kings Of Leon, and Incubus, is out today as a Blu Ray + DVD + CD set.

There are a number of festivals taking place this weekend, including Taste Of Chicago, Irish Fest, and Roscoe Village Burger Fest. See my Wednesday post for more details on each of these.

Former Hollies lead vocalist Allan Clarke released the single “Journey Of Regret” today. The song reflects Clarke’s long-held admiration for Bruce Springsteen and is the first taste of a new album titled Resurgence coming out on September 20. It will be Clarke’s eighth solo effort, but the first in almost 30 years.

Tickets went on sale today for the Marcia Ball Band at SPACE on November 8; BoDeans at City Winery Chicago on November 30 and December 1; Ralph Covert’s Acoustic Army at FitzGerald’s on July 20; Robbie Fulks at The Hideout on August 9; Delbert McClinton and Gerald Dowd at Old Town School Of Folk Music on September 21; Lucy Wainwright Roche at SPACE on September 11; and Sarah Shook and The Disarmers, with Senora May at Sleeping Village on October 11. For a full list of upcoming concerts in the Chicago area, check the Early Warnings page of this week’s Chicago Reader.

The next season of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee starts July 19 on Netflix.

The Long Grove Arts and Music Council will stage the first of the four free concerts it has lined for this summer when Corky Siegel and Will Tilson perform this Sunday afternoon on Towner Green. 

Pete Townshend was among the famous musicians on social media mourning the passing of Alan Rogan, a highly respected guitar roadie. Rogan had worked with The Who, The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, and Joe Walsh. Rock In Paradise, Mr. Rogan.

Neo, the iconic new wave club that reigned on Clark Street for so many years, is having a reunion at Metro on Saturday, July 20.

Congratulations to Johnny Marr on selling out all the dates on his current UK tour.

Musicians from the city’s Greek, Mexican, Argentinian, and Bulgarian communities will take part in the world premiere of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s Chicago Immigrant Stories II on July 22 at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Emmy Award-winning trumpeter-composer Orbert Davis will lead the performance, which will feature Athanasios Zervas, Sones de Mexico, Leandro Lopez Varady, Zara Zaharieva, and Petros Dragoumis. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m.

With a lineup of former Friggs, Muffs, and Pandoras members Kim Shattuck, Melanie Varmmen, and Palmyra Delran, it’s a safe bet the new trio The Coolies will be a blast. Their debut effort, the six-song EP Uh Oh! It’s . . . The Coolies will be available in digital format next Friday and the 10-inch clear emerald vinyl version is available for preorder on the band’s Bandcamp page.

Can I have one? While making my weekly trip to the Reckless Records downtown location, I noticed the store’s record bins are decorated with colorful Official Lollapalooza After Show mini-posters, including ones for Sharon Van Etton and Jade Bird at Schubas and Lincoln Hall.

Green City Market’s annual Chef BBQ will take place at the south end of Lincoln Park (approximately 1817 N. Clark) on July 18 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Over 100 Chicago area restaurants and breweries will be involved, including Antique Taco, Bad Hunter, Commons Club at Virgin Hotels Chicago, Eataly, Floriole, Goose Island Brewhouse, Maddon’s Post; Revolution Brewing, Spiaggia, The Gage, and Upstairs at The Gwen. There’s a wide range of ticket prices, which can be found at the Green City Market website.

The Bob Dylan: Electric exhibit has been extended at the American Writers Museum in downtown Chicago.

The Black Harvest Film Festival continues its 2019 run at the Gene Siskel Film Center through July 22.

The Louder Than Words – Rock Politics Power exhibit, which originated at The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, continues its run at the Museum of Broadcast Communications here in Chicago through the end of August.

Kokandy Productions’s production of Head Over Heels, the Broadway musical based on songs by The Go-Go’s, continues through August 25 at Theatre Wit on Belmont Avenue.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Festivals Straight Ahead

Taste Of Chicago opened today and you might even be rocking out to Courtney Barnett or Sunflower Bean as I’m posting this. The Taste runs through Sunday, with national acts scheduled for each evening. Those shows will get some stiff competition because we’re heading into one of Chicago’s busiest weekends for entertainment. If you’re a tourist who’s scheduled a vacation based around Taste Of Chicago, you might want to consider these other options as well.

The annual Irish Fest takes place at the Irish American Heritage Center on Chicago’s north side. It’s three days of traditional and more rock-oriented live Irish music, dance, a bit of theater, food vendors, and even a traditional tea if you prefer that to Harp and Guinness. Acts scheduled to perform include Tupelo (be ready for some audience participation), the wild and funny Larkin and Moran Brothers, Rory Makem, and The Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society Chicago Police Department.

If you’re cool with a trip to Arlington Heights, Soundtracks Of A Generation will present A 50th Anniversary Tribute To The Woodstock Era on Friday night at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center. The show will cover songs by Santana, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Jefferson Airplane.

The Roscoe Village Burger Fest takes place Saturday and Sunday at Belmont and Damen. Local bands performing include The Handcuffs, School Of Rock, JC Brooks, The Empty Pockets, Michael McDermott, and Cat Fight.

Son Volt, Camper Van Beethoven, and Cracker are the headline acts at this year’s Square Roots Festival being held in Lincoln Square this Saturday and Sunday. Local indie label Bloodshot Records will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary on Saturday with a Tribute To Andre Williams featuring The Mekons, Vandoliers, and Murder By Death. Other acts scheduled include Southern Culture On The Skids, Tommi Zender, Steve Dawson’s Funeral Bonsai Wedding and as the finale, a tribute to Stevie Nicks and Stevie Wonder. Be sure to visit the Laurie’s Planet Of Sound record store while you’re in the area.

You can wrap up this busy weekend by catching Steve Forbert at City Winery Chicago on Sunday night.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Incoming

Critically acclaimed Aussie singer-guitarist and free spirit Courtney Barnett kicks off this year’s Taste Of Chicago concert series tomorrow night on the Petrillo Music Shell. Barnett will likely be showcasing her latest release Tell Me How You Really Feel, which features offbeat but catchy, guitar-based tracks like “City Looks Pretty,” “Nameless, Faceless,” and “Crippling Self-Doubt And A General Lack Of Confidence.” It’s available in various formats via her own label Milk! Records. Sunflower Bean, an indie rock band that’s garnering attention with its Twentytwo In Blue album, will be her opening act. Taste of Chicago wraps up Sunday night an impressive double bill of rhythm and blues stars India.Arie and Meshell Ndegoecello.

The Long Grove Arts and Music Council has four events scheduled for the suburb’s 14th season of free Sunday afternoon outdoor concerts on Towner Green. Corky Siegel and Will Tilson will perform on July 14; followed by Creole Stomp on August 4; Sons Of The Never Wrong on August 11; and The Don Sternberg Quartet on August 18. All shows start at 4:00 p.m.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

The Unswept - Minor Blemishes

Leave it to those clever transplanted Brits of The Unswept to title their third full-length effort Minor Blemishes; as though these dozen tracks are somewhat inconvenient or embarrassing. Rather, the album brims with offbeat charm, chiming guitars, and infectious melodies. Founding members Charlie and Ryan O’Brien have lived in Chicago for a few years now but their power pop songs are still influenced by the 1960s British Invasion.

Much of Minor Blemishes concerns pining for or losing relationships, although the opening track “Sunshining” celebrates the simple pleasures (“paperbacks and cups of tea”) of sharing your life with the right person. Bassist-vocalist Liz O’Brien—I’m not how or if all the members are actually related—joins Charlie on the rollicking breakup song “I’m Still Here,” and provides spirited back-up singing throughout the album. Liz, Charlie, and Ryan combine their vocals on the Bob Dylan flavored “You Ain’t On My Mind,” and they nail the off-beat satire of The Bevis Frond’s “He’d Be A Diamond.”

“The Boy Who Wakes You Up” is simultaneously innocent and creepy, while “She Just Knows It’s Over” depicts a wife leaving her husband and kids because she’s bored with that lifestyle. “Brown Line” is another breakup song, as a couple decides to call it quits while commuting on the CTA. On a different note, the very Beatles-like “Fake It” deals with how difficult it can be just trying to survive the average workday.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

4th Of July Barbecue

There will be no Slumgullion this week because I have to work tomorrow, and Pam and I are going to a neighborhood party in the evening. So here’s a Thursday night, 4th Of July Barbecue in its place. I hope everyone has a safe and fun celebration right through the weekend.

The 38th Annual American Music Festival continues through this Saturday at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn. Tomorrow and Saturday’s schedule includes Brave Combo; Tab Benoit; EXPO ’76; Girls Of The Golden West; Alejandro Escovedo; Marcia Ball; Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience; Amazing Heebie Jeebies; and The Iguanas.

Chicago Innerview continues its tradition of covering the city’s major rock events with the publication of its Know Before The Show issue devoted to Pitchfork Pitchfork Music Festival. I picked up a copy at the Reckless Records location downtown, but I’m sure copies are available in other local stores and venues. Pitchfork takes place July 19 – 21, with Mavis Staples, Haim, Low, The Isley Brothers, Belle and Sebastian, Stereolab, and Neneh Cherry among the acts scheduled.

The Petty Kings will be performing Tom Petty songs this Sunday, July 7 at the Mount Prospect Lions Club Festival and on July 12 at the 210 Live venue in Highwood.

The Handcuffs will be performing at 5:45 p.m. next Saturday on the Main Stage at the Roscoe Village Burger Fest. Sunday’s lineup includes The Empty Pockets at 3:30 p.m. and Michael McDermott at 6:00 p.m.

Steve Forbert will be performing at City Winery Chicago next Sunday, July 14. Sonny Landreth will be at that same venue on July 28.

Irish Fest returns to the Irish American Heritage Center on Chicago’s northwest side next weekend with a packed schedule of music, dance, comedy, merchandise, food vendors and a bit of theater. Baal Tinne: A Tribute To Noel Rice is sure to be a highlight—Rice was a founding member of this band and a respected teacher of Irish music. He passed away earlier this year. Other highlights include Tupelo (be ready for some audience participation), the wild and funny Larkin and Moran Brothers, Rory Makem, and The Bagpipes and Drums of the Emerald Society Chicago Police Department.

Son Volt, Camper Van Beethoven, and Cracker are the headline acts at the Square Roots Festival taking place next weekend in Lincoln Square. Chicago-based indie/roots rock label Bloodshot Records will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary as part of Square Roots on Saturday, July 13. Murder By Death, The Mekons, and The Vandoliers will take part in a tribute to the late Andre Williams. The Bloodshot All-Stars Band and other special guests will also be on hand.

The Kokandy Productions presentation of The Go-Go’s inspired musical Head Over Heels continues its run at Theatre Wit on Belmont Avenuet hrough August 25.

Former Hollies lead vocalist Allan Clarke is due to release the single “Journey Of Regret” next Friday, July 12. It’s from Clarke’s latest album, Resurgence, which is coming out on September 20.

Actress Ellie Kemper’s book My Squirrel Days came out in paperback this past Tuesday. Among other things, it covers her time on the TV shows The Office and The Unsinkable Kimmie Schmidt.

The Louder Than Words – Rock Politics Power exhibit continues its run at the Museum of Broadcast Communications through the end of August.

Wish me luck, part 2. Last Saturday, I attended the Writing Workshop Of Chicago event on Michigan Avenue and was able to pitch my YA/Paranormal/Romance/Rock and Roll novel to three literary agents. Each has given me the green light to submit the book for consideration.

In last Friday’s Slumgullion column, whilst mentioning Monty Python is celebrating its 50th birthday, I joked that if people drank enough of the official Monty Python’s Flying Circus IPA, they could end up talking like the TV show’s Gumby character. Now The Guardian is reporting the remaining five members of Monty Python are organizing a Guinness World Record-setting Gumby gathering on October 5. That’s the date my wife and Pam celebrate our wedding anniversary. There must be a way to combine these two momentous occasions.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Incoming

Things will get pretty eclectic at the Arlington Heights Frontier Days this Friday night, with performances by the Alanis Morissette tribute band Jagged Little Pill; soul music legends War celebrating their 50th Anniversary; and the My Metal Heart hard rock cover act. In nearby Mount Prospect, the Tom Petty tribute band Petty Kings and Jay Goeppner and Backdated will be rocking on Sunday.

The Alarm will share a bill with Modern English on August 16 and 17 at House Of Blues in downtown Chicago.

According to this month’s issue of the Illinois Entertainer (with Perry Farrell on the cover), we can expect new albums this month from Imperial Teen (Now We Are Timeless) and New Order (∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif): Live at Manchester International Festival) on July 12. Radiohead leader Thom Yorke’s ANIMA comes out July 19; and Violent Femmes will drop Hotel Last Resort on July 26.

That issue of I.E. is also where you’ll find a full-page ad for the Jay O’Rourke Band’s August 9 CD Release Party Party for Cover Tracks at SPACE. The album features renditions of classic rock and blues songs. It’s a safe bet the band will also be selling copies of its earlier 2019 release Sumpthin Good. The Dick Dale influenced instrumental act Spies Who Surf will be the opening act.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

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Wish me luck. I’ll be pitching my two my rock and roll novels (and possibly a Middle Grade fantasy) to literary agents at the Writing Workshop Of Chicago tomorrow at the Congress Plaza Hotel on south Michigan Avenue. I’ve gone to this event the past two years and found it a very rewarding experience. Aspiring writers tend to think of literary agents as cold and unsympathetic, but engaging with them in a friendly, informative face-to-face meeting certainly changes that outlook.

Pete Townshend has written a novel. It’s called The Age Of Anxiety and is coming out on November 19.

Mike Skill and ’67 RiOT with Brad Elvis; The Differents; and Acoustipunks will share a triple this coming Tuesday at Montrose Saloon on Chicago’s north side. Skill and Brad Elvis are well known as members of The Romantics, and Brad Elvis is also a founding member of the Chicago-based indie rock band The Handcuffs. Show time is 8:00 p.m.

Tickets went on sale today for Black Flag at Reggies’ Rock Club on August 25; the Dave Brubeck Tribute Project at SPACE on August 28; Shemekia Copeland at SPACE on October 11; Elvis Costello and The Imposters at Chicago Theatre on November 22; Marshall Crenshaw at SPACE on December 12; Morrissey and Interpol at Ravinia on September 14; and New Pornographers and Lady Lamb at The Vic on October 2. These listings, and several others, can be found on the Early Warnings page of this week’s Reader.

Megan McDonough has a gig coming up next Saturday, July 6; at SPACE in Evanston.

Monty Python is celebrating its 50th Birthday this year and it’s going to be a (British accent) silly party. Fully restored episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus will be coming out on November 19, a BBC Takeover is in the works, and the group will be reissuing its books and records. Monty Python’s Flying Circus IPA will be available via Black Sheep Brewery in September and October. Drink enough and you can talk like a Monty Python Gumby character.

Former Hollies lead vocalist Allan Clarke is due to release the single “Journey Of Regret” on July 12. It’s the first taste of Clarke’s new album Resurgence, which is coming out on September 20. It will be Clarke’s eighth solo effort, but the first in almost 30 years.

The Petty Kings will be performing Tom Petty songs on July 7 at the Mount Prospect Lions Club Festival and on July 12 at the 210 Live venue in Highwood.

The Kokandy Productions presentation of Head Over Heels opens on Monday, July 1 and runs through August 25 at Theatre Wit on Belmont Avenue. The gay-centric and anachronistic musical is based on songs by The Go-Go’s.

Former Doctor Who star David Tennant and current Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker are among the English stage and film performers taking part in the BBC Children In Need: Got It Covered CD project.  Each of them will record a cover version of a hit song. Helena Bonham Carter and Jim Broadbent will also be contributing. There will also be a 60-minute programme showing the rehearsals and recordings.

Matt Smith of Doctor Who and The Crown fame and Keira Knightley of thousands of movies fame will be co-starring in a political thriller titled Official Secrets.

Chicago-based indie/roots rock label Bloodshot Records will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary at the Square Roots Festival in the Lincoln Square area on July 13. Murder By Death, The Mekons, and The Vandoliers will take part in a tribute to the late Andre Williams. The Bloodshot All-Stars Band and other special guests will also be on hand.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

A Tribute To Terri

Photo from Terri Hemmert's Facebook page.

WXRT DJ Terri Hemmert has announced she’ll be semi-retiring; leaving her weekday mid-morning shift but continuing to host Breakfast With The Beatles each Sunday. Hemmert, a Radio Hall Of Fame inductee, has been part of the progressive rock station almost since its start in the early 1970s. With her conversational, no-hype approach to broadcasting, she was a welcoming presence when many of us decided to tiptoe away from Top 40 radio to the more adventurous landscape of the FM dial.

For the many fans she’s gained over the years, mornings just won’t be the same. But Hemmert won’t completely disappear. Like Frank E. Lee, another XRT veteran who officially retired a few years back, she’ll fill in for the station’s other on-air personalities when needed. And she’ll still be sharing all that fab gear music on Breakfast With The Beatles

On a related note, Hemmert will once again serve as the MC for The Fest For Beatles Fans - Chicago when it takes place at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare on the weekend of August 9 – 11. Her extensive knowledge of music and quick wit serve her well while interviewing celebrity guests. Hemmert has said that watching The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show gave her the idea to become a radio personality. It seemed like a great way to meet her favorite musicians. Considering that working at WXRT enabled her to interview Paul McCartney, that plan has worked out pretty well.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Incoming

There’s an ‘80s On The Fox event coming up at the Thomas J. Weisner RiverEdge Park in Aurora this Saturday featuring The Romantics and three other well-known acts. My wife Pam and I saw a Roger Whittaker concert in Aurora when we first started dating, so you can definitely drive there from Chicago. In addition to The Romantics, the ‘80s On The Fox lineup includes Rick Springfield, Patty Smyth and Scandal, and Starship. Eddie Money was scheduled to perform but had to cancel because he’s recovering from recent heart surgery. Hope he’s well soon.

Other shows coming up at RiverEdge Park include Roger Whittaker (just kidding), The Mavericks with special guests Los Lobos on July 26, and Poi Dog Pondering on August 24.

The Posies will be coming to Aurora for a Party In The Park concert hosted by Chicago Premium Outlets (1650 Premium Outlets Road) on July 19. The event promises live music, food trucks and family fun and runs from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. According to a post from band member Ken Stringfellow on Facebook, The Posies will be playing some brand new songs.

The Lapidos Family is mailing out cards promoting its Fest For Beatles Fans – Chicago event coming up August 9 – 11 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont. This year’s headliners are Denny Laine, Laurence Juber, and Steve Holley from Wings; Alan White from Yes; Jeremy Clyde from Chad and Jeremy; Liverpool, and The Weeklings. Local musicians Phil Angotti, Jay Goeppner, and School Of Rock are scheduled for sets on the Apple Jam Stage, and the card promises more Apple Jam acts will be announced.

Tomorrow (June 27) is the last day you can see Echo In The Canyon, director Andrew Slater’s critically acclaimed 2019 documentary about the fertile music scene that developed in California’s Laurel Canyon during the 1960s, at the Music Box Theatre on Southport. The film features interviews with Graham Nash, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne and Tom Petty. Show times for Echo In The Canyon tomorrow at the Music Box are 2:00, 4:30, 7:10, and 9:15.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Decibels - Scene, Not Herd

Scene, Not Herd came out in 2017 but was only available in vinyl and digital formats until the Kool Kat Musik label recently released this CD version. It marks the welcome return of The Decibels, a power pop band that thrived in Sacramento, CA from 1993 to 2001. The band’s reunion resulted in 12 guitar-driven tracks that represent the more energetic side of the genre.

“It’s Not Me” demonstrates how well The Decibels set tales of troubled relationships to catchy arrangements. Having guitarist Joe Pach, bassist Brent Seavers, and drummer Brian Machado join lead singer-guitarist Dean Seavers in some spirited call-and-response vocals definitely helps. “Hey Emily” is a tale of a lonely woman living alone, and “I Need To Tell Her” depicts a guy who’s hopelessly inept at romance.

Unlike some power pop bands, The Decibels aren’t heavily influenced by 1960s pop, although there are traces of that era throughout Scene, Not Heard. “She Thinks Of Everything” incorporates chiming guitars reminiscent of The Byrds, and the slower “Misery” aims for an early ‘60s Top 40 sound. The harder-edger “All Of Your Lies” and “This Bad Dream” bristle with punk energy.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Fun With English People

Photo of Jeff Beck from his Facebook page.

Happy Birthday to Jeff Beck and Colin Blunstone. Each has been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and each started out as a member of a British Invasion band. Beck’s stint as a guitarist with The Yardbirds was short compared to how long Blunstone has been singing for The Zombies, but Beck achieved worldwide fame after setting out on his own. Blunstone isn’t as well known in America for his solo stuff (although he did a solo tour here a few years back) but he’s had major hits in the U.K. I had the honor of doing a telephone interview with Blunstone for the Illinois Entertainer during that U.S. solo tour, and he was amazingly friendly and engaging. He’s still touring and recording with The Zombies, and like Beck, remains at the top of his game.

Judging from reports in the media, The Rolling Stones’ No Filter Tour got off to a high energy start here in Chicago last Friday night. They’ll be back at Soldier Field tomorrow night and it’s a safe bet no one will go home disappointed. 

Paul McCartney’s official website has announced the first U.K. showing of the Linda McCartney Retrospective, will begin at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Scotland on July 5 and run through January 2020. Photos for the exhibit was curated by Paul, Stella, and Mary McCartney.

Elvis Costello and The Imposters will bring their Just Trust Tour to the Chicago Theatre on November 22. Tickets are now on sale. Earlier dates of interest for Anglophiles at the Chicago Theatre are Bryan Ferry on August 1 and Squeeze on August 31.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

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A hearty welcome to The Rolling Stones, who are in town for a concert tonight at Soldier Field and another one there on Tuesday. In between those shows, they’ll be rehearsing on my gazebo.

Today is Pam Appreciation Day, my annual celebration of my wonderful wife Pam and all the things she does to make our life together so happy and fun. She set up this blog for me just about 10 years ago and Broken Hearted Toy could not have existed without her help. Feel free to use this occasion to celebrate your own significant other and take some time to appreciate what you have together.

There’s an amazing triple bill coming up at Montrose Saloon tomorrow night, featuring The Webstirs, The Dave Sebastian Band, and Magnaphonic. I’ve seen The Webstirs live and have thoroughly enjoyed their clever and irresistibly catchy albums. Mike Galassini and Marianne Galassini have created masterful power pop as Magnaphonic and The Valley Downs, so it’s great to see them back on the local club scene. Dave Sebastian was a founding member of the Chicago power pop band The Raine, which reunited and backed Cliff Johnson from Off Broadway in recent years. The show starts at 9:00 p.m.

This coming Monday night at Montrose Saloon, former Green On Red lead vocalist turned author/solo recording artist Dan Stuart pays an unexpected visit to Chicago. He completed an ambitious novel/album trilogy centered on the character Marlowe Billings in 2018, and is known for his extensive travels. His gig at Montrose Saloon should be intriguing, to say the least.

Tickets went on sale today for Catfish and The Bottlemen at Aragon Ballroom on October 5; Heartsfield at FitzGerald’s on August 31; Rhett Miller at City Winery Chicago on September 16; and the Phil Ochs Song Night at The Old Town School Of Folk Music on September 15. Sleater-Kinney have added a second show at The Riviera Theatre. They’ll now be there on October 18 and 19.

Some websites, such as Steve Hoffman Music Forums and Elevated Observations, are reporting that former Hollies lead vocalist Allan Clarke has recorded a new album titled Resurgence. It’s due out via BMG Worldwide on September 20, with the first single, “Journey Of Regret,” arriving July 12. It would be Clarke’s eighth solo effort, but the first in almost 30 years. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing this.

The 12th Annual A Day In The Country music festival takes place at The Hideout this Sunday from 2:00 to 11:00 p.m. 10 acts are scheduled to perform on the Backroom Stage and the Front Porch Stage, including Gethen Jenkins, Summer Dean, Bonnie Montgomery, Marian Runk, Cox’s Army, and Girls Of The Golden West. The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia on Chicago’s north side.

Echo In The Canyon, director Andrew Slater’s 2019 documentary about the fertile music scene that developed in California’s Laurel Canyon during the 1960s, opened tonight at the Music Box Theatre. The film features interviews with Graham Nash, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne and Tom Petty. Additional show times for Echo In The Canyon at the Music Box are 2:00, 4:30, 7:10, and 9:15 each day from tomorrow through next Thursday.

Tickets are now on sale for Buddy Guy’s September 6 show at The Arcada in St. Charles. Guy was the secret special guest for the Hot Stove Cool Music event at Metro a few weeks back and he had the crowd rocking with his amazing vocals and guitar playing. Another noteworthy gig coming up at The Arcada is Chris Isaak on August 9. Isaak’s Roy Orbison style vocals and twangy guitar playing are particularly impressive on his vintage material like “Pretty Girls Don’t Cry,” “Dancin’,” and “Back On Your Side.”

Northwest suburbanites have good reason to look forward to the rebirth of the Des Plaines Theatre now that Ron Onesti, who books shows for The Arcada, has been put in charge of the entertainment.

Happy Birthday to Joey Molland of Badfinger. I’ve seen him at Fest For Beatles Fans – Chicago a few times, and he’s been energetic and engaging both off and on stage

Chicago power trio Toy Robots will perform Cream: A Tribute To Eric, Jack and Ginger on July 5 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. A week later, at that same venue, Soundtracks Of A Generation will present A 50th Anniversary Tribute To The Woodstock Era.

The Regrettes are finally giving us a full-length follow-up to their impressive debut Feel Your Feeling Fool. The new effort is titled How Do You Love? and comes out August 9. The Los Angeles-based quartet has a gig coming up at Metro in Chicago on October 11, and in the meantime, has released the album’s first single "I Dare You."

Chicago-based indie/roots rock label Bloodshot Records will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary at the Square Roots Festival in the Lincoln Square area on July 13. Murder By Death, The Mekons, and The Vandoliers will take part in a tribute to the late Andre Williams. The Bloodshot All-Stars Band and other special guests will also be on hand.

Kokandy Productions will present Head Over Heels, the gay-centric and anachronistic Broadway musical based on songs by The Go-Go’s, from July 1 through August 25 at Theatre Wit on Belmont Avenue. By the way, “Head Over Heels” is one of the best songs The Go-Go’s ever recorded.

Reason number 17, 502 why I’d like to visit England again: The Clissold Arms pub in London has an entire room devoted to photos and memorabilia of The Kinks.

Scott Freiman, a composer and producer, as well as an expert on The Beatles, will present Deconstructing The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour on Sunday, July 7 at 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m. at The Music Box on Chicago’s north side.

Actress Ellie Kemper’s book My Squirrel Days comes out in paperback on July 2. Among other things, it covers her time on the TV shows The Office and The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt.

The Weeklings’ new single/video “I Want You Again” is now available. People who have attended Fest For Beatles Fans no doubt have fond memories of this band’s ability to mix covers of songs The Beatles wrote but never recorded, with catchy, Brit Invasion originals.

Guaranteed to break the ice at royal parties. Congratulations to Monty Python member Michael Palin on receiving knighthood from Prince William for his services to travel, culture, and geography.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Start Me Up - This Friday

It’s so great to see Mick Jagger fully recovered from his recent heart surgery and ready to kick off the No Filter Tour with The Rolling Stones. It all starts here in Chicago this Friday night at Soldier Field on the city’s lakefront. A recent photo on social media looks like guitarist Ronnie Wood is already in town and having fun. WXRT will be featuring The Stones all day on Friday and if you still have a copy of last Sunday’s Chicago Tribune, check out rock critic Greg Kot’s pictorial history of the band on the back page of the Arts and Entertainment section.

And sincere best wishes and good vibes to people everywhere who are facing or recovering from heart surgeries or other major operations.

Echo In The Canyon, director Andrew Slater’s 2019 documentary about the fertile music scene that developed in California’s Laurel Canyon during the 1960s, opens this Friday night at the Music Box Theatre on Southport. The film features interviews with Graham Nash, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne and Tom Petty. Narrator Jakob Dylan will be on hand for opening night.

Tellin’ Tales Theatre will present Divercity – Planting the seeds of acceptance this weekend at Prop Thtr on Elston Avenue. The show offers solo performances by artists, writers, and actors with disabilities. Linda Bannon, Elizabeth Doll, Brian Heyburn. Barbara Hyler, Tom Jones, Tekki Lomnicki, Susan McKean, and Garnet Williams are the scheduled performers.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A Pair Of British Birthday Boys

Today is Paul McCartney’s birthday, and social media is overflowing with best wishes and some really cool photos of him. My wife Pam and I had such a great time seeing him perform a high-energy, three-hour concert on my birthday a few years ago, I want to express my admiration and gratitude. You never forget seeing a show like that. A toast to you, Sir Paul, and keep up the good work.

Another British musician who’s celebrating a birthday today is Mordecai Smyth. His music isn’t as well known as McCartney’s, so by way of introduction, I’d say he fancies setting clever and occasionally creepy lyrics to catchy 1960s style arrangements. He once teased me on Facebook about listing so much local entertainment on my blog. I responded by naming him an unofficial citizen of my home town of Palatine, IL. I’m sure he cherishes that honor to this day.

Cheers, gentlemen!

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Incoming

Photo from the Sleater-Kinney Facebook page.

Tickets are now on sale for Sleater-Kinney at the Riviera Theatre on October 18. The critically acclaimed and sharp-edged trio’s new album The Center Won’t Hold will be available in various formats on August 16.

Other upcoming shows include the Vinyl Village Record Fair at Sleeping Village on June 30; Scott Ligon’s All-Star Freakout! Presents the Music of Rami Gabriel at FitzGerald’s on July 12; Temples at Metro on October 31; Corky Siegel and Tracy Nelson at SPACE on October 12; John Hiatt at City Winery Chicago on October 30 through November 1; Ike Reilly at FitzGerald’s on August 30; and Chely Wright and Alice Peacock at City Winery Chicago on September 11.

Deep Chicago ‘60s, the second effort by Chicago Friends and Guests, a collection of local musicians, is now available on on iTunes and Apple Music. Phil Angotti, Packy Lundholm , Mark Rogers, Gary Baker, and Britt Savage takes turns in the spotlight on a selection of Chicago band recordings originally released in the 1960s. Back in 2017, Chicago Friends and Guests recorded 9 X12, which found them expertly covering The Who, The Beatles, Them (or Shadows Of Knight), The Hollies, The Animals, The Byrds, and The Searchers.

Sounds great. The Imperial Sound and Diplomats of Solid Sound, besides both being Chicago bands with the word ‘Sound’ in their names, have also both released impressive debuts recently. They’ll share the same bill at SPACE in Evanston on June 26. On July 19, The Imperial Sound have a gig at the Hey Nonny venue in Arlington Heights.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Gee, But It’s Great To Be Back Home

My wife Pam and I spent most of this past week in Cape May, New Jersey. Pam is fond of Victorian style houses and Cape May is to Victorian architecture what Liverpool is to Beatlemania. We booked a room at the gorgeous Mainstay Inn Bed and Breakfast. Each day, we’d walk for blocks checking out colorful homes, and took a tour of one of the largest and most famous ones. Of course, Pam knows tons more about such things, but I had a fun time as well. Victorian houses are cool.

The Washington Mall on Cape May is like its own neighborhood of specialty shops. My favorite was Marlene’s, one of those pop culture stores you find here and there but with a much wider selection. The standard Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Pink Floyd and Three Stooges merchandise was on hand, but Marlene’s also had a Janis Joplin lunchbox, a vintage concert t-shirt of The Who (which I bought) and memorabilia for Red Hot Chili Peppers, ZZ Top, Rush, and other bands. There’s no website, so all these treasures are only available to customers who walk in the door.

To paraphrase Elvis Costello, everything is Exit Zero. Another cool place in Cape May is the recently opened Exit Zero Filling Station, which in addition to being an actual gas station, is a restaurant, bar, and shop with its own branded t-shirts and glassware. The restaurant has an appealing black and white retro decor, and on the night Pam and I dropped by, 1980s new wave songs were playing on the sound system. Owner Jack Wright, a native Scotsman, also runs the Exit Zero publishing company, which puts out magazines and books overflowing with fun and local flavor.

My June 7 Slumgullion post was called on account of two baseball/rock and roll events held in close proximity to Wrigley Field. First up was the Hot Stove Cool Music VIP Jam Session at The Brickhouse venue on Thursday, June 6. The night kicked off with several local musicians joining together under the Chicago All-Stars banner to perform an hour-long tribute to The Kinks that included “Lola,” “Where Have All The Good Times Gone?,” “She’s Got Everything,” and “You Really Got Me.” The main Hot Stove Cool Music event took place on Friday night, June 7, at Metro, and featured the Chicago All-Stars; Boston All-Stars; Chicago-based rapper Taylor Bennett; BOTO (Band Of Their Own), a group of veteran women musicians; The Chicago Children’s Choir; and special guest, blues legend Buddy Guy. WXRT morning personality Lin Brehmer once again excelled as the event’s host. Everyone came through with solid performances, and a massive amount of money was raised for the Foundation To Be Named Later.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Hot Stove Cool Music Returns

The Chicago half of the charity event Hot Stove Cool Music will be held this Friday night, June 7 at Metro. (The Boston version took place earlier this year.) Presented by Google, True Value, KPMG, and Chicago Trading Company, the annual baseball/rock and roll mashup helps Chicago Cubs President of Operations Theo Epstein, along with his brother Paul and award-winning sportswriter Peter Gammons raise funds for the Foundation To Be Named Later. The Foundation is dedicated to “improving lives through education, leadership and the healthy development of youth and families.”

Theo Epstein and Chicago Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper will be rocking with the Chicago All-Stars, while Peter Gammons, Bernie Williams, Jake Peavy and Will Dailey front the Boston All-Stars. Chicago-based hip hop artist (and younger brother of Chance The Rapper) Taylor Bennett was recently announced as one of the performers. WXRT morning personality/long-time Cubs fan Lin Brehmer and former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster return as emcees, and attendees will also hear from the Chicago Children’s Choir. Another definite highlight will be a performance by Band Of Their Own, an all-star group with a rotating roster of women musicians.

This year’s BOTO includes members of The Bangles, Belly, Letters To Cleo, The Flat Five, and Blake Babies. Bangles vocalist-drummer Debbi Peterson co-wrote one of the band’ best songs, “Some Dreams Come True” (with W. Inglehart), and Blake Babies vocalist-drummer Freda Love Smith currently performs with one of Chicago’s best current bands, Sunshine Boys. WXRT continues to tease fans on social media about a special, as yet-to-be-named guest. Metro is located just down the street from Wrigley Field, the doors open at 7:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Incoming

Chicago area power pop band Thrift Store Halo will be showcasing songs from its new EP Consolation Prize Fighter this Thursday night at the Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Downers Grove. The record’s being released on the Hi-Beam/Pravda Records/Pravda Music label and has already been getting airplay on the indie radio charts. There’s no cover charge and the music starts at 8:30 p.m.

This year’s Taste Of Des Plaines festival will have a Woodstock theme when it takes place on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15. The town promises a psychedelic Ferris Wheel and a “Woodstock Revival” on that Saturday night with the cover bands Kiss The Sky and Creedence Revived. Still, looking at the Saturday, June 15 schedule, the act that jumps out at me is Backdated, and they go on at 3:00 p.m. Even if Backdated isn’t part of the Woodstock bash, frontman Jay Goeppner knows 1960s rock inside and out, and his choice in covers is always impeccable.

I recently saw director Barak Goodman’s new documentary Woodstock – Three Days That Defined A Generation with a couple of friends at the Gene Siskel Film Center and our response was three thumbs up. The film delves into the background of the guys who organized the iconic rock festival, the social upheaval that preceded it, and the multiple wonders of Woodstock itself. Major heroes who emerge in this film include the hog farmers who kept things organized as best they could under the circumstances, and Richie Havens, who was unexpectedly thrust into the opening act slot and created the song “Freedom” on the spot. Woodstock – Three Days That Defined A Generation runs through this Thursday at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

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Riot Fest will celebrate 15 years of bringing counter-culture and alt rock music to Chicago on the weekend of September 13 – 15. The recently announced schedule includes The Raconteurs; Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets; The Selector; The Flaming Lips; Patti Smith and her band; Violent Femmes; The B-52’s; Bob Mould; Guided By Voices; and The Beaches. Tickets went on sale earlier today.

The Graham Crackers Comics location at 3162 N. Broadway is presenting CHIDRINK AND CADRAWGO tomorrow night from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. It’s being billed as Chicago’s Highest Rated Drink and Draw, and supplies will be provided.

Tickets went on sale today for Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen at Old Town Scholl of Folk Music on October 13; Ladytron at Metro on December 11; Ingrid Michaelson at The Vic on October 19; Archie Powell and The Exports, with Mutts, Lung, and Vamos at Cobra Lounge on June 29; Willie Nile at SPACE on October 18; and UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro, Shaggy, and Steel Pulse at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater on September 18.

CAKE - The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo comes to the Center on Halsted for a celebration and marketplace of independent comics tomorrow and Sunday.

According to the June issue of the Illinois Entertainer, new albums we’ll see this month include Neil Young’s TUSCALOOSA, Perry Farrell’s Kind Heaven, and Santana’s Africa Speak on June 7; Bruce Springsteen’s Western Stars and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ Black Star on June 14; and The Raconteurs’ Help Us Stranger on June 21.

Barak Goodman’s new documentary Woodstock - Three Days That Defined A Generation is having its Chicago premiere tonight at the Gene Siskel Film Center and run through June 6.

Van Go Red Wigglers, MOULTON, and M. Winfield McEwen from Black Cat Heart Attack are slated to perform at the Porchfest Lakeview Chicago festival being held next Sunday, June 2 at 1309 W. Wolfram Street in Chicago. All ages are invited, and it’s suggested that you bring a cooler and lawn chairs. The event last from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Al Stewart returns to City Winery Chicago next Monday, with The Empty Pockets as his opening act. 

Black Ensemble Theatre continues its popular series of shows honoring legendary African American performers with its production of Style And Grace: In Tribute To Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson. It runs through June 30.

Ghostlight Ensemble will perform The Selfish Giant at Otherworld Theatre June 8 through June 30 on Saturdays and Sundays. Maria Burnham’s play is based on the Oscar Wilde short story of that same name, and is meant to warn audiences of all ages of the pitfalls of selfishness.

Music On Stage wraps up its production of The Producers – A Mel Brooks Musical at Cutting Hall in Palatine this weekend.

Four Chords and a Gun, actor John Ross Bowie’s drama about The Ramones recording their End Of The Century album under the guidance (influence?) of Phil Spector, continues its run at The Broadway Playhouse in Chicago.

The Joliet Library’s 10th Annual Star Wars Day takes place tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The festivities will include a parade, games, costumes, live music, and food vendors.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Everything But Breakfast For Four Hundred Thousand People

The new documentary Woodstock – Three Days That Defined A Generation has its Chicago premiere tomorrow night at the Gene Siskel Film Center on State Street. Director Barak Goodman’s film features footage that’s never been seen before, and serves as a fitting way to start a summer that’s bringing a number of ways to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic rock festival. There will be tribute concerts in addition to screenings of Goodman’s film, and a multi-CD box set for people who want to get their hippie on in the privacy of their living rooms.

As reported on The Second Disc website, Rhino plans to release Woodstock - Back To The Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive. It’s a 38-CD box set that captures the Woodstock experience from start to finish, including 267 previously unreleased songs and several announcements. It comes with a hardbound book by Michael Lang, a replica of the original program, Henry Diltz photo prints, and a life-size hologram of Wavy Gravy serving breakfast. Just kidding about that last part.

At the Metropolis Performing Centre in Arlington Heights, Soundtracks Of A Generation will present its 50th Anniversary Tribute to the Woodstcok Era on July 12. The live performances of songs by Crosby, Stills and Nash, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, and other acts will be augmented by a “documentary style narrative that recalls and explains the time frame.”

For a Woodstock-related experience, check out the Louder Than Words – Rock Power Politics exhibit at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. It’s just down the street from the Gene Siskel Center, and runs through the end of August. Echo In The Canyon, Andrew Slater’s new documentary about L.A.’s Laurel Canyon scene in the 1960s, comes to the Music Box Theatre on Chicago’s north side on June 21. Jakob Dylan, who appears in the film, will be on hand for opening night.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

From L.A. To Chicago With Speed

The original lineup of X, one of first, most influential, and enduring bands from the original L.A. punk scene, comes to the House Of Blues in Chicago tomorrow night. I still have fond memories of blasting Wild Gift on my record player back in 1981, and recording high speed, off-kilter gems like “The Once Over Twice” and “In This House That I Call Home” for my mixed cassettes. According to writer Jeff Elbel’s interview with vocalist-bassist John Doe in last Friday’s Chicago Sun-Times, Doe and vocalist Exene Cervenka have been writing new material, with five songs already recorded. The bands Damned and Detroit Cobras are also on the bill at House Of Blues tomorrow night; the doors open at 8:00 p.m.

The Go-Go’s emerged from that same frantic Los Angeles scene, although the effervescent songs on their Beauty and The Beat debut would bring them much more mainstream success than X. I first encountered them via the Stiff Records 45 single “We Got The Beat” I bought at Wax Trax!and soon after saw them on the rock stage at ChicagoFest on Navy Pier. The Go-Go’s aren’t coming to town that I know of, but Head Over Heels, the musical inspired by their music, opens at Theater Wit in a Kokandy Productions staging on August 1. It previously enjoyed a successful run on Broadway in New York. Theater Wit is located at 1229 W. Belmont.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Incoming

Photo from The Bishop’s Dare Devil Stunt Club Facebook page.

The Bishop’s Daredevil Stunt Club’s show this Friday night at the GMan Tavern on Clark Street is a celebration for the band’s latest album as well as the launch of the indie label releasing it. End Over End is due out soon on Big Blast Records, the revived indie label run by WNUR radio’s Power Pop Shoppe host Kirk Fox and local musician Mark Watson. In a review of The Bishop’s Daredevil Stunt Club’s 2017 album Don’t Buy This Record, I described it as “a ten-song effort that mostly follows in the tradition of fellow Midwestern acts like Wilco and The Webstirs, but also explores 1980s style synth rock.” The Mark Watson Band’s Beautiful EP has also come out on Big Blast, and they’ll be at GMan this Friday as well. The power pop quartet Gal Gun is also on the bill. GMan Tavern is located at 3740 N. Clark, the music starts at 7:30 p.m.

The triple bill of Go Time, The Spindles, and 45 Souls coming up this Thursday at Martyrs’ on Lincoln Avenue has a special bonus. Drummer Brad Elvis, currently with The Handcuffs and The Romantics, is going to join The Spindles for a few songs by his former (and still beloved) band The Elvis Brothers. The Spindles covered the Elvis Brothers song “Santa Fe” on their most recent album Past and Present. Showtime is 8:00 p.m.

On the following night at Martyrs’, EXPO ’76 will mark a career milestone with its 10 Years Of Musical Triumph event. They’ll be joined by their frequent cohorts The Total Pro Horns, along with special guest vocalists Kelly Hogan and Robert Cornelius.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

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Summerfest, Milwaukee’s annual outdoor music bash, has announced its 2019 schedule, which once again showcases several genres of music. Willie Nelson; Death Cab For Cutie; Brandi Carlile; Chvrches; Courtney Barnett; Rodrigo Y Gabriela; Catfish And The Bottlemen; Liz Phair; The Roots; Steve Earle And The Dukes; Robert Randolph and The Family Band; X; Guided By Voices; 10,000 Maniacs; The Spinners; and Willy Porter are among the scheduled acts. SummerFest runs from June 26 to June 30, takes a breather, and then continues July 2 to July 7.

There are four major art fairs coming up in Chicago in the next two weeks. The 57th Street Art Fair and the Gold Coast Art Fair take place next Saturday and Sunday, and The Old Town Art Fair and the Wells Street Art Festival will be held on Saturday, June 8 and 9. Other art fairs on the horizon include Millennium Art Festival on June 28 through June 30 and Artfest Michigan Avenue on July 19 and 20.

Filmmaker Balin Schneider is working on a documentary titled Material Issue And The Power Pop Renaissance. The band’s drummer Mike Zelenko recently posted about the project on Facebook and suggested people contact Schneider with any MI anecdotes or info they might have.

The Belmont/Sheffield Festival runs tomorrow and Sunday, with the highlight being a 4:15 p.m. show by The Handcuffs. On Monday, you can catch The Handcuffs at Montrose Saloon on Chicago’s north side.

Van Go, Red Wigglers, MOULTON, and M. Winfield McEwen from Black Cat Heart Attack are slated to perform at the Porchfest Lakeview Chicago festival being held next Sunday, June 2 at 1309 W. Wolfram Street in Chicago. All ages are invited, and it’s suggested that you bring a cooler and lawn chairs. The event last from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Comic Con Revolution will be held next Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont. The event promises comics, creators, toys, panels, a cosplay contest and special guests.

There’s a triple bill of Go Time, The Spindles, and 45 Souls coming up on May 30 at Martyrs’ on Lincoln Avenue. Showtime is 8:00 p.m.

Music On Stage’s production of The Producers – A Mel Brooks Musical opened tonight at Cutting Hall in Palatine and will this weekend and next.

The Chicago Underground Film Festival will run from June 5 to June 9, primarily at the Logan Theatre. It’s billed as the longest running underground film festival in the world.

Louder Than Words: Rock Politics Power opened today and will run through the end of August at the Museum Of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. The multimedia exhibit employs videos, photos, newspapers, and other memorabilia to explore how rock music has influenced and has been influenced by society from its earliest days. General admission is $18.

This year’s Nowhere Else Festival kicked off today in Martinsville, Ohio and runs through Sunday. Founded by Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist of the Cincinnati-based Over The Rhine band, it’s being billed as, “A Weekend Overflowing With Music, Art, Earth and Sky.” In addition to Over The Rhine, the other acts scheduled include Band Of Sweethearts; James McMurtry; Birds Of Chicago; John Paul White; Leigh Nash; Joan Shelley; and Carrie Newcomer.

EXPO ’76 will mark a career milestone with its 10 Years Of Musical Triumph event next Friday night at Martyrs’. They’ll be joined by their frequent cohorts The Total Pro Horns, along with special guest vocalists Kelly Hogan and Robert Cornelius. Tradition dictates that a 10th anniversary be celebrated with tin or aluminum, and at least one website notes the daffodil is the official flower of the 10th wedding anniversary. Plan your gifts for EXPO ’76 accordingly.

The fun and cleverly named power pop band The Bishop’s Daredevil Stunt Club has a record release show coming up next Friday, May 31 at the GMan Tavern. Gal Gun and the Mark Watson Band will also be on the bill that night.

Barak Goodman’s new documentary Woodstock - Three Days That Defined A Generation will have its Chicago premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center next Friday, May 31, and run through June 6.

Four Chords and a Gun, actor John Ross Bowie’s drama about The Ramones recording their End Of The Century album under the guidance (influence?) of Phil Spector, continues its run at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place in Chicago through June 2.

CAKE - The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo comes to the Center on Halsted for a two-day celebration and marketplace of independent comics next Saturday, June 1 and 2. Special guests include Ezra Claytan Daniels, Nicholas Gurewitch, and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. Admission is free.

The Joliet Library’s 10th Annual Star Wars Day takes place next Saturday, June 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The festivities will include a parade, games, costumes, live music, and food vendors.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Signs Of Summer

Memorial Day weekend is often seen as the unofficial start of summer, and this year, Chicagoans have a street festival with one of the city’s best bands to help us celebrate. The Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival runs Saturday and Sunday, with the highlight being a 4:15 p.m. show by The Handcuffs on Saturday. Led by vocalist-guitarist Chloe F. Orwell and drummer Brad Elvis (who’s also a member of The Romantics) the band has recorded three impressive albums filled with catchy indie rock songs. They’re currently wrapping up a new album, so there’s a good chance we’ll be hearing some new songs at the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival. Two days later, you can catch The Handcuffs at Montrose Saloon on Chicago’s north side.

This year’s lineup for Fest For Beatles Fans - Chicago (August 10 – 12) has been announced, and while it’s disappointing The Zombies aren’t among the guests—they were at the NY Fest edition—there’s still plenty to like. Alan White, who was a member of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees Yes, will be making his Fest - Chicago debut. White was also among the noted musicians who joined John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the 1969 Toronto Rock And Roll Festival, and helped out on George Harrison’s All Thing Must Pass album.

Jeremy Clyde has performed at The Fest with Chad and Jeremy partner Chad Stuart, as well as Peter Asher. This year, he’s going solo, backed a guitarist, cellist, and violinist. Other celebrity guests include former Wings members Steve Holley, Laurence Juber, and Denny Laine, and former Apple Records manager Ken Mansfield. The Beatles tribute band Liverpool will be back again, along with The Weeklings, who mix obscure Beatles songs with catchy, British Invasion-flavored originals.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

You Can Read It In The Sunday Papers

Pretend it's the graphic for the Hollywood Casino show in Tinley Park.

The Who’s Moving On tour comes to the Chicago area tomorrow night for a concert at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. According to an article by Jeff Elbel in last Friday’s Chicago Sun-Times, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltry will likely perform bits from Tommy and Quadrophenia, along with a selection of deep album tracks. A new album—The Who’s Tommy Orchestral—is due out next month, and these guys have also been working on songs for the first new Who album in over 10 years.

I mentioned last Friday that critically acclaimed singer-guitarist Courtney Barnett will be one of the headliners at this year’s Taste Of Chicago, which runs July 10 – 14. There will also be a full schedule of local acts rocking on the Goose Island Stage, according to Chicago Tribune writer Jessi Roti. Another highlight for those who don’t bother with the food at Taste but enjoy the entertainment will be the debut of a Theatre Garden garden featuring shows by Second City and other Chicago-based theatre groups.

Yesterday’s edition of the ChicagoSun-Times included a 63-page special magazine titled Walk This Way - Straight ahead: Your guide to the perfect Chicago summer. It lists several art shows and concerts coming up in the next few (hopefully warmer) months.

Knock, knock, knocking down shots of Heaven’s Door. There’s a full-page ad in this month’s edition of Michigan Avenue for Bob Dylan’s new line of whiskeys, Heaven’s Door. It sounds like a National Lampoon bit, but this posh magazine isn’t known for satire. “We wanted to create a collection of whiskeys, that in their own way, tell a story,” Dylan is quoted in the ad copy. The tag is, HANDCRAFTED, AWARD-WINNING. UNCOMPROMISING. Not sure if that refers to the alcohol or Bob.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

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Four Chords and a Gun, actor John Ross Bowie’s drama about The Ramones recording their End Of The Century album under the guidance (influence?) of Phil Spector, opens tomorrow night at The Broadway Playhouse in Chicago. The official website stresses this is not a musical, which makes me think it might be like Aftermath, Ronan Marra’s terrific Rolling Stones play that was performed by Signal Ensemble back in 2010. Four Chords and a Gun, the website explains, is “A Play Followed By A Concert.” It runs through June 2.

Speaking of The Rolling Stones, they’ll kick off their rescheduled No Filter Tour with gigs at Soldier Field in Chicago on June 21 and June 25. A recent clip of Mick Jagger practicing his dance moves proves he’s still more agile than a lot of people on this planet.

The 7th Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival, which bills itself as “The only film festival created and curated by a film critics association,” opened today and runs through May 23 at the Music Box Theatre.

Tickets went on sale today for Waterboys at The Old Town School Of Folk Music on September 29. They’ll be doing two shows that day, one at 5:00 p.m. and one at 8:00 p.m.

Courtney Barnett will be among the headline acts at this year’s Taste of Chicago. She’s scheduled for July 10, with Sunflower Bean as the opening act. India.Arie and Meshell Ndegeocello share a double bill at The Taste on July 14.

The 10th Annual Chicago Zine Fest - A Self-Publishing Celebration has been staging events the past few days, and will wrap up with its Exhibition Day tomorrow at Plumbers Union Hall just west of downtown Chicago. More than 250 self publishers will be on hand.

Former Houndmouth vocalist Katie Toupin has a gig coming up at Schubas this Sunday to showcase her new solo effort, Magnetic Moves. The album is due out June 14.

L7 will most likely be playing songs from their recently released album Scatter The Rats when they rock the Metro this coming Tuesday. The four-woman band was originally part of the grunge scene and reformed in 2017.

Vintage Garage Chicago will hold a flea market this Sunday featuring clothing, jewelry, and assorted other items. Admission is $6.

Robbie Fulks will be performing Doc Watson songs at 2:00 p.m. at the Evanston History Center this Sunday as part of the Out Of Space series created by the suburb’s well-known music venue SPACE.

International Pop Overthrow - Liverpool continues its run at the Cavern Pub and Cavern Club through this Tuesday, May 21.

If you enjoy The Handcuffs’s show at the Belmont/Sheffield Street Fest next Saturday, May 25, you can catch them again two days later at Montrose Saloon. They’ll be sharing a double bill with The Convincers. It’s a record release party for The Convincers.

Chicago’s Irish Music Community suffered a major loss this week with the passing of Noah Rice, a long-time teacher at the Irish Academy Of Music and founding member of the Baal Tinne band. Rice was a familiar face at the annual Irish Fest at the Academy, as well as the Celtic Fest that used to held in Grant Park. His students and family will no doubt carry on his love of Irish music and culture.

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Saturday Slumgullion

Photo from the Johnny Marr Facebook page.

Hi Hello, Johnny. Welcome back to Chicago. Johnny Marr’s USA Comet Tour 2019 arrives in Chicago this Monday, May 13 for a show at The Vic Theater. Call The Comet, his third straight solo masterpiece, came out in 2018.

Slumgullion didn’t appear in its usual Friday night spot due to my wife Pam and I attending the ArtReach Educational Theatre and Spotlite Theatrix production of Mamma Mia at Cutting Hall in Palatine. I’m not an avid ABBA fan, but I believe that this type of production—where kids are introduced to the performing arts with mentoring from adults—should be encouraged. All of the adult cast members sang well; most of the kids put their hearts into it; and the finale had a big, good-time feel.

Tickets are now on sale for Bishop’s Daredevil Stunt Club, Gal Gun, and the Mark Watson Band at GMan Tavern on May 31; Hot Stove Cool Music With Peter Gammons and More at Metro on June 7; Megan McDonough at SPACE on July 6; the Neo Reunion at Metro on July 20; New Duncan Imperials at FitzGerald’s on July 27; and Nots and Olivia Neutron-John at Subterranean on June 4.

International Pop Overthrow - Liverpool, which is the second hottest topic in the UK right now—next to the new royal baby—kicks off this Tuesday, May 14 and will run through May 21 at the Cavern Pub and Cavern Club. The event brings in acts from around the globe, including Yanks like The Bishop’s Daredevil Stunt Cub and The Jeremy Band. The IPO website has the full schedule.

This week’s edition of Redeye includes the Chicago free paper’s annual festival guide. Compiled by Aine Dougherty, it provides an amazingly diverse schedule of outdoor events coming up from May through September. I always keep this list as a resource to make sure I don’t miss any of my favorite events.

Former Houndmouth vocalist Katie Toupin has a gig coming up at Schubas next Sunday May 19. Toupin has been employing an effective social media blitz to promote her first solo effort, Magnetic Moves, which is due out June 14.

The Handcuffs plan to return to Chicago’s outdoor festival scene with a “big, long, rocking set” at the Belmont/Sheffield Street Fest on Saturday, May 25. I’m guessing a few new tunes may turn up at that gig since the band has been working on its next album for a while now.

Girls Rock! Chicago is having a fundraiser next Sunday, May 19 at Sleeping Village on Belmont Avenue.

There’s a triple bill of Go Time, The Spindles, and 45 Souls coming up on May 30 at Martyrs’ on Lincoln Avenue. The first two acts have garnered praise here on Broken Hearted Toy for their recordings and live shows; 45 Souls is a roots rock, American duo that I’ve haven’t seen yet. Their latest CD, Free, came out early last month. Showtime is 8:00 p.m.

CAKE - The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo comes to the Center on Halsted for a two-day celebration and marketplace of independent comics on June 1 and 2. Special guests include Ezra Claytan Daniels, Nicholas Gurewitch, and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. Admission is free.

L7 recently released its latest album, Scatter The Rats, and will most likely be playing songs from it when they rock the Metro on May 21. The four-woman band was originally part of the grunge scene and reformed in 2017.

Vintage Garage Chicago has a flea market featuring clothing, jewelry, and assorted other items coming on May 19 in Evanston. Admission is $6.

Robbie Fulks will be performing Doc Watson songs at 2:00 p.m. at the Evanston History Center next Sunday, May 19. The show is part of the Out Of Space series created by the suburb’s well-known music venue SPACE.

The Young Authors organization is offering a Write To The City Summer Camp for educators and aspiring poets and activists (ages 12 – 25) at the University of Illinois on July 8 through July12.

Rolling Stone recently reported that Liz Phair’s memoir Horror Stories will be published by Random House in October.

The 7th Annual Chicago Critics Film Festival, which bills itself as “The only film festival created and curated by a film critics association,” starts next Friday, May 17 and runs through May 23 at the Music Box Theatre.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

whitewolfsonicprincess - The Alternate Boot Vols. 1 and 2

Those of us who first encountered Carla Hayden and James Moeller performing with their Black Forest theatre group probably have an advantage navigating the mystical lyrics of its musical offshoot whitewolfsonicprincess. The band has definitely established its own identity, but it still retains theatrical elements. On The Alternate Boot Vols. 1 and 2, whitewolfsonicprincess once again weaves energetic guitars and percussion through otherwise slow-moving arrangements.

Like U2 on its recent releases, whitewolfsonicprincess seems obsessed with the darkness and bad will that engulfs the modern world but feels there’s a light that can save us. “So Clear” invokes visions of a holy trinity as Hayden sings, “In forgiveness they cut through despair./Their lips painting words on the air.” Hayden takes an ethereal approach to her vocals, while Moeller’s singing is more conversational. They frequently join together on the chorus.

Moeller’s sense of loss regarding global unrest is unmistakable on the gritty “Sadness In The World,” but he defiantly proclaims, “Let’s paint it in the colors of love.” Hayden’s voice underscores the magic of “Dance A Wave” as she declares, “The ocean was my love./The darkness knew my name.” “I Close My Eyes” has a bluesy feel that also echoes the Jimi Hendrix rendition of Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” and “Brown Eyes” offers an enticing mix of adventurous and intricate instrumentation.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

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Marquee Moon will shine in Lincoln Park. Television, one of the first and most influential acts to don the punk label, have two shows coming up this Friday at the Old Town School of Folk Music. The first is at 7:00 p.m., the second at 10:00 p.m. The New York City band, led by vocalist-guitarist Tom Verlaine, released its critically acclaimed debut Marquee Moon in 1977. Chicago-based singer-songwriter Half Gringa is the opening act. She’ll be performing songs from her debut album Gruñona.

Johnny Marr’s USA Comet Tour 2019 arrives in Chicago for a show at The Vic Theater next Monday, May 13. Marr first attracted world-wide attention for his distinctive guitar playing for The Smiths in Manchester, UK back in the early 1980s. He went on to perform with Modest Mouse, The Pretenders, and The Cribs. He’s excelled as a solo artist too, releasing his third impressive effort, Call The Comet in 2018.

There will be five components to the 10th Annual Chicago Zine Fest - A Self-Publishing Celebration, starting with a Zine Archives Visit and Zines + Social Justice Panel at DePaul University next Thursday, May 16. On May 17, there will be a CZF Exhibitor Reading at Quimby’s Bookstore, plus Zine Jeopardy at Cards Against Humanity Theater. Exhibition Day on Saturday will feature more than 250 self-publishers to Plumbers Union Hall. See the Chicago Zine Fest website for all the details.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

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Barak Goodman’s new documentary Woodstock - Three Days That Defined A Generation will have its Chicago premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center on May 31, and run through June 6.

Tickets went on sale today for Berlin at City Winery Chicago on September 10; EXPO ’76 with Kelly Hogan and Robert Cornelius, and Katie Belle and the Belle Rangers at Martyrs’ on May 31; Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington at Huntington Bank Pavilion on August 10; Over The Rhine at SPACE on August 16; Son Volt at SPACE on July 13; and Sunday Papers, a Joe Jackson Tribute, at SPACE on June 23.

Martyrs’ is inviting family and friends of David Daniel Horn, a staff member who recently passed away, to attend a gathering in his honor at the music venue this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. There will be a cash bar and food to purchase. Martyrs’ encourages contributions to cover the cost of Horn’s funeral.

New albums released today include Scatter The Rats by L7; These Times by The Dream Syndicate; and Father Of The Bride by Vampire Weekend. Next Friday will bring We Get By from Mavis Staples; and on May 24, we’ll see My Songs by Sting and California Sun by Morrisey.

JBTV will present the band Actors this Saturday night at Chop Shop on North Avenue in Chicago. Bootblacks, The Bellwether Syndicate, and DJ Greg Corner from the band Kill Hannah will also be on hand.

A new production of the ABBA jukebox musical Mamma Mia by Art Reach Educational Theatre and Spotlite Theatrix kicks off tonight at Cutting Hall in Palatine and will run this weekend and next Friday and Saturday.

From Netflix to The Old Vic. London Theatre Direct website writer Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels reports that Claire Foy and Matt Smith from the acclaimed series The Crown will be joining forces again for a production of the Duncan Macmillan play Lungs at the Old Vic Theatre in the UK. Daniels describes Lungs as a “darkly hilarious drama.” Of course, many of us know Smith, who referred to me as ‘mate’ while autographing his photo at the Ace Comic Con in Chicago, from his portrayal of The Doctor on Doctor Who.

Tickets are now on sale for the Chicago edition of Hot Stove Cool Music (there’s one in Boston as well) taking place on June 7 at Metro. The annual baseball/rock and roll mashup helps Chicago Cubs President of Operations Theo Epstein, his brother Paul, and award-winning sportswriter Peter Gammons raise funds for the Foundation To Be Named Later. See yesterday’s post for more details.

Power pop musician Lannie Flowers continues his string of monthly free downloads on the SpyderPop website with the catchy “What Did I Know.” Flowers plans to release a free song each month up to the release of his next album Home comes out, and none of those songs will be on the album.

Reggies Music Joint on State Street is offering A Day Of Psychedelia on Sunday, June 16 featuring two bands for a $5 cover. Ovadya, whose music has been described as “Pink Floyd Meets the MidEast,” will be performing songs from its Black Fire album, and whitewolfsonicprincess will be spotlighting music from its new album The Alternate Boot Vols 1 and 2, along with earlier releases. The show starts at 4:00 p.m.

Thrift Store Halo have a CD release bash for their latest effort Consolation Prize Fighter coming up at the Ballydoyle Irish Pub and Restaurant in Downers Grover on June 6. The Chicago-based power pop trio did extremely well on the indie rock charts with their 2017 full-length album Pop Rocket and has already seen its first single from Consolation, “Once,” grab the number one spot on Monie’s New Music Radio in England.

Chicago’s critically acclaimed alt rock veterans Smoking Popes have gigs coming up next Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, at the Bottom Lounge. They’ll be performing with Flatfoot 56, The Sidekicks, and Sincere Engineer on Friday, and with Direct Hit!, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, and War On Women on Saturday. Bottom Lounge is located west of downtown at 1375 W. Lake.

Side Street Studio Arts in Elgin has an upcoming exhibit titled Sub Veintiuno (Sub 21). It’s a juried showcase of Latino artists under the age of 21 and runs from May 10 through May 26.

The Arts and Entertainment section of this past Thursday’s Chicago Tribune featured author David Kirby’s review of the new David Browne book Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock’s Greatest Super Group. The piece, picked up from The Washington Post, makes Browne’s deep dive into the band’s history sound well worth buying. Reading the story again of how Stephen Stills and David Crosby saw Graham Nash performing with The Hollies at The Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles in 1968 and were so impressed they wanted to “steal him” for their new band makes me wonder if any footage exists of that show. It would not only show The Hollies at the height of Nash’s tenure with them but also capture the conception of one of the most important groups in rock history.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Rocking Out Near The Ball Park

Tickets are now on sale for the Chicago edition of Hot Stove Cool Music being presented by Google, True Value, KPMG, and Chicago Trading Company on June 7 at Metro. The annual baseball/rock and roll mashup helps Chicago Cubs President of Operations Theo Epstein, his brother Paul, and award-winning sportswriter Peter Gammons raise funds for the Foundation To Be Named Later. The Foundation is dedicated to “improving lives through education, leadership and the healthy development of youth and families.”

Theo Epstein and Chicago Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper will be rocking with the Chicago All-Stars, while Peter Gammons, Bernie Williams, Jake Peavy and Will Dailey perform as the Boston All-Stars.
The evening will also feature WXRT morning personality and long-time Cubs fan Lin Brehmer and former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster as emcees, and the Chicago Children’s Choir. And it should be a blast to see Band Of Their Own, which includes members of The Bangles, Belly, Letters To Cleo, The Flat Five, and Blake Babies, jamming on a number of hit songs. Metro is located just down the street from Wrigley Field.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Incoming

Tickets go on sale this Friday for the Neo Reunion: 4 Decades event taking place at Metro on Saturday, July 20. Metro announced it will host the event via a Facebook post yesterday afternoon, stating, “Having been a staple in the Chicago nightlife community for so long we can’t wait to see so many familiar faces under one roof again.” The DJs for that evening will be Jeff Moyer, Scary Lady Sarah, Bill Savely, Carrie Monster, Glenn Russell, and Suzanne Shelton.

As noted on the Facebook graphic, the Neo Reunion ticket sales will help “fund Darkest Before Dawn, a nonprofit organization providing mental and emotional health support resources for our industry workers.” Neo was one of the first venues in Chicago to spin punk/new wave records and retained its reputation as a trendy spot for several years. Metro, located just down the street from Wrigley Field, continues to be an essential destination for cutting edge music.

Dot Dash, the Washington, D.C. band that’s notched glowing Broken Hearted Toy reviews for each of its releases for a number of years now, will kick off an extensive tour later this month. They’ll be sharing a bill with iconic Irish rockers The Undertones in New York and Boston, and a have gig with False Tracks in Philadelphia. They’ll be with The Minus 5 in Washington, D.C. in July, and with The Vibrators in Washington, D.C. in September. More dates will be added in the near future. I’d love to see them come to Chicago, particularly on a double bill with The Undertones.

Velvet Crush will perform for the first time in 20 years on July 5 at the POP venue in Providence, Rhode Island. I’ve followed Velvet Crush founding member Ric Menck’s career from his The Happy Forest album with The Reverbs in 1984 through his current gig as the drummer for Matthew Sweet’s band.

The 17th annual CHIRP Record Fair and Other Delights takes place this Saturday at the Local 130 Plumbers Union Hall at 1340 W. Washington. An amazing selection of records, CDs, DVDs, posters, books, and other rock and roll related merchandise will on sale from vendors; and the entertainment includes live music and DJs. Admission from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. is $8, and early admission from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. costs $25.

Fans of The Smithereens and its beloved, late singer-guitarist Pat DiNizio are in for a treat this Friday night at Montrose Saloon. The Dry Look, Phil Angotti with The Idea, and Love Punch will be paying tribute to the band at the north side club. Proceeds will go to the Pat DiNizio Scholarship Fund. The music starts at 9:00 p.m.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

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The 17th annual CHIRP Record Fair and Other Delights takes place next Saturday, May 4 at the Local 130 Plumbers Union Hall at 1340 W. Washington. An amazing selection of records, CDs, DVDs, posters, books, and other rock and roll related merchandise will on sale from vendors; and the entertainment includes live music and DJs. Admission from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. is $8, and early admission from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. costs $25.

There will also be some serious vinyl shopping going on tomorrow at the B5G5: MusicDirect’s Warehouse LPs and 12-inch Singles Record Sale. It runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the MusicDirect location at 1811 W. Bryn Mawr in Chicago.

Bruce Springsteen recently announced he has a new solo album titled Western Stars coming out in mid June. It’s his first effort in five years and is said to have an orchestral, cinematic feel. The always informative website The Second Disc has already posted a preview.

As I mentioned in a post earlier this week, The Social Act will be performing a mix of its classic material and brand new songs at Martyrs’ on Lincoln Avenue tonight. Soul Honey Records and Liz Toussaint will also be on the bill that night. Show time is 9:00 p.m.

The Soundtracks Of A Generation, a collective of Chicago area musicians who recreate classic albums on stage, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock festival tonight at the 210 Live venue in Highwood.

Metric has filmed a video for its atmospheric synth and guitar driven new single “Risk.” The stark, black and white clip focuses on lead vocalist Emily Haines.

Broken Hearted Toy welcomes Neko Case back to Chicago. She has shows tonight and tomorrow night at The Vic Theatre

Cinema/Chicago will present the CINEYOUTH FESTIVAL featuring young filmmakers from around the world starting tonight and running through Sunday at Music Box Theatre on Southport.

A craft beer festival is taking place in Long Grove tomorrow. The Illinois town, once known for its craft and antique stores, is rebounding with a new mission to be more of a cafe and dining destination.

There’s going to be a tribute to rhythm and blues legend Andre Williams this Sunday night at The Hideout on Chicago’s north side. The Goldstars, his touring band for the past 10 years, will be performing, along with special guests Renaldo Domino, Gerald McClendon, Bailey Dee, Julio Davis, Sally Timms, Dag Juhlin, and Jake Austen. The music starts at 10:00 p.m.

If the Bob Dylan Electric exhibition at the American Writers Museum on Michigan Avenue has been on your to-do list, you’re running out of time. Its last day is April 30.

Katie Toupin has a gig coming up at Schubas on May 19. The former Houndmouth vocalist has been posting video previews of her new album Magnetic Moves on social media. It’s due out June 14.

The Dry Look, Phil Angotti, and Love Punch will paying tribute to The Smithereens next Friday, May 3 at Montrose Saloon on Chicago’s north side. Proceeds will go to the Pat DiNizio Scholarship Fund. DiNizio, the band’s late vocalist-guitarist, was a down-to-earth kind of guy who loved hanging out after shows and talking to fans. I got at least five autographs that way.

Drunk Shakespeare, a boozy and critically acclaimed interpretation of the Bard’s work hits Chicago next week at The Lion Theater in downtown Chicago. If you’re not familiar with that venue, the promo card I picked up at Reckless Records yesterday describes it as “a hidden speakeasy behind the Chicago Theatre.”

For a more traditional—and guaranteed riveting—production of Shakespeare, drop by the Goodman Theatre next Saturday for opening night of The Winter’s Tale. It’s directed by Robert Falls, who previously won critical acclaim for his work on King Lear and Measure For Measure.

Silvespun Pickups, the Los Angeles band that gave us the rollicking indie rock song “Panic Switch” back in 2009, will release Widow’s Weeds—their first album in four years—on June 7. The first single will be “It Doesn’t Matter Why.”

The 18th Annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival continues its run through next Thursday, May 2 at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

The Chicago Toy Show returns to the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles this Sunday. In addition to being able to browse current toys and some from decades ago, you might also find some rock and roll treasures.

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