Friday, April 1, 2011

Slumgullion # 56

Special bonus! A second round of Slumgullion in a single day.

By the time you read this, it will probably be too late to catch Faith In The Fallen’s 9:45 set tonight at Rock US Beer Company at 1801 N. Clybourn. The hard rock quintet, which features current New Millennium Theatre member and former Famous In The Future member Guy Schingoethe on lead vocals, has a gig in Kentucky on April 22nd, as well as one at the Penny Road Pub on June 18th.

Genral Patton & His Privates will be the closing act for the Peace Fest Battle Of The Bands (isn’t that an oxymoron?) tomorrow night at Phyllis’s Musical Inn on 1800 W. Division in Chicago. Other acts include Jagweeds, King Casey, Populele, and Ko Starz. There is a $5 donation.

The Second Disc online newsletter recently reported that The Go-Go’s will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of their effervescent debut, Beauty And The Beat by releasing a variety of special editions in May. The options will include Beauty And The Beat on pink vinyl, and as a two-disc CD set that features live performances as well as the original tracks. The Go-Go’s, who will be performing with The B-52’s at Ravinia on June 17th, are slated to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in August.

Bruce Springsteen will be Little Steven’s special guest on the guitarist-actor’s syndicated radio show Underground Garage for the next three weeks. Underground Garage airs on Sunday night from 9:00 to 11:00 PM on WXRT in Chicago. Fans can also hear a live stream via the station’s website.

International power pop trio The Britannicas have released a three-sided single - - one song composed by each of the members - - that’s available for free download at drummer-vocalist Joe Algeri’s bandcamp page.

The Bad Examples have just announced their first full concert since the release of their long-awaited Smash Record CD will take place on April 29th at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn.

Also at Fitzgerald’s, the 2nd Annual Concert For Carlos, a tribute to the late journalist Carlos Hernandez Gomez, will be held next Thursday, April 7th. Scheduled performers include Miles Zuniga of the band Fastball; Material re-Issue, featuring singer-guitarist Phil Angotti, along with original members Mike Zelenko and Ted Ansani; The Phil Angotti Band; Eric Howell’s Greatest Hitch!; and The New Fiction, which includes members of The Gear, along with guests Wes Hollywood and Johnny Million. There will be a silent auction with items donated by Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy Award winning artists. Fitzgerald’s is located on 6615 Roosevelt in Berwyn. Donations can also be sent to the Carlos Hernandez Award in Journalism by contacting Wendy Irvine at DePaul University at

Back on February 15th, I did a post on director P. David Ebersole’s Hit So Hard, an independent documentary about former Hole drummer Patty Schemel. Rolling Stone is now reporting that all four members of the band reunited for the premiere at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Bassist Melissa Auf der Maur described the film as, “an incredible survival story about Patty.”

The Chicago band Empires has made it into the next round of Rolling Stone’s Do You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star? competition and is now among the eight finalists. The group has just recorded two new songs, which can be heard at

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