Thursday, May 21, 2015


Photo from Veruca Salt's Facebook page.

Slumgullion comes out early again this week due to another action-packed Friday that will leave me no time to sit down at the computer and compose a typically massive and eclectic blog post. So here’s one now.

WXRT has been playing “The Gospel Of St. Me” by the recently reunited Veruca Salt. The guitar-driven song, with its gritty Rolling Stones feel, is from the upcoming album Ghost Notes. A summer tour is also in the works.

Burnside And Hooker, the six-piece band led by vocalist Rachel Bonacquisti, has a Release Party for its new All The Way To The Devil album at The Double Door on Friday, May 22nd. 

After another successful stay in Liverpool, David Bash now brings International Pop Overthrow to Stockholm this weekend at the Pet Sounds Bar. The Lannie Flowers Band, Dave Rave, and The Jeremy Band are (of course) on the schedule, along with hometown acts like Rooni, Top Sound, The Plastic Pals, and The Vanjas.

The Rolling Clones will be belting out Mick and Keith tunes Friday, May 22nd, at 27 Live in Evanston. Avant garde/indie rock band Whitewolfsonicprincess is the opening act.

Whitewolfsonicprincess will be part of a lineup that include Gunnelpumpers, The Rut, Citizen’s Relief, comedian Elizabeth Gomez, and The Revelettes Go-Go Dancers next Sunday afternoon, May 31st at Red Line Tap next.

Theatre Nebula’s staging of Godspell at Cutting Hall in my home town of Palatine wraps up this Sunday night, May 24th. 

The Church will share a double bill with The Psychedelic Furs on 20 of the dates for its summer tour in America. That includes New York, Philadelphia, Louisville, Kansas City (MO), Portland, Las Vegas, and San Diego. The Church has a solo show at The Old Town School Of Folk Music in Chicago on August 29th.

Sunken Ships, The Penthouse Sweets, and Milk At Midnight will comprise a triple bill of bands with unusual names at The Hideouot on Saturday, May 23rd.

Rain - A Tribute To The Beatles wraps up its week-long run at the Bank Of America Theatre this Sunday.

AIM: Angotti Illarde McDonough Rock And Roll Oldies Show, featuring Phil Angotti, Anthony Illarde, and Casey McDonough, takes place at Simon’s on Chicago’s north side this Sunday night at 9:00 PM. I’ve seen Angotti pay tribute to a number of 1960s acts, so I’m sure these “2 sets of top-of-the-head, skin-of-the-teeth oldies” will be a blast. There is no cover charge.

This coming Tuesday, Angotti continues his Tuesday night May residency at The Hideout with a show called For Pete’s Sake - The Songs Of Pete Ham and Pete Townshend

The Second Disc website recently reported that the Sundazed label is about to release the first three Lovin’ Spoonful album in mono on CD and 180-gram vinyl.

Singer-guitarist Kevin Lee, a Chicago music scene veteran who has released a number of albums over the years, recently posted on Facebook that he has written enough new material for a pair of albums. Each release will have its own vibe. He’ll start recording soon.

There’s only one week left for fans of 1960s and ‘70s rock to check out the Vintage Music Poster Show at Curly Tale Fine Art Gallery at 16 W. Erie. The exhibit, which includes a framed ticket from a Cream concert, a Janis Joplin poster for her appearance at the Auditorium Theatre, and a Beatles poster from Japan, closes May 30th. Admission is free. 

In other rock and roll related exhibit news, the Paul Natkin: Superstars exhibit runs through June 14th at the Ed Paschke Art Center on Chicago’s northwest side. Admission is free.

The Manchester band Temples, who racked up a lot of airplay with the psychedelic gem “Shelter Song” from their 2014 release Sun Structures, are the headline act for the Do-Division Fest  next Sunday. I can’t say that I’m familiar with all the acts at this event, but they’re definitely not the same ones booked for every other outdoor bash in the Chicago area. Which is a great reason to support Do-Division Fest.

The Romeros: They’re not just for the final night of International Pop Overthrow - Chicago anymore. IPO - Chicago veterans The Romeros, led by Mike Vanderbilt, will perform next Thursday, May 28th at Orland Days in Orland Park. I’d like to see this kind of unorthodox booking for Palatine’s outdoor concert series, but I know it will never happen.

Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds will likely be playing songs from their new Chasing Yesterday CD at their concert next Saturday, May 29th, at the Riviera Theatre in Uptown. They have a show the next night at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee.

Alan Parsons has a gig at The Arcada in St. Charles next Friday, May 29th. On the following  night, Peter Noone’s Herman’s Hermits will be performing at The Arcada.

The Blisters, The Evening Attraction, and The Forest Fires will help The Throne Room celebrate its 1 Year Anniversary next Friday, May 29th. Show time is 9:00 PM.

Christie’s Dairy Delights in Palatine will celebrate its 1 Year Anniversary with a DJ and special deals next Saturday, May 30th, from 6 to 10 PM.

There will be a Help Rebuild Nepal Benefit Concert with Lynne Jordan, Wayne Baker Brooks, The Empty Pockets, and Rick King’s Royal Hustle at City Winery on June 16th. Tickets are $25.

Hey, I’m On A T-Shirt! Lucy Van Pelt from Peanuts once theorized that an individual cannot be considered famous unless he’s been on a bubblegum card. On Monty Python’s Flying Circus, a man was thrilled when his small village of Wainscotting was mentioned on television. Well, I feel honored that Chicago’s psychedelic band The Luck Of Eden Hall has included Broken Hearted Toy in a list of supporters on the back of its 2015 UK Tour t-shirt. I’m there along with Fruits de Mer Records; Goldmine Magazine; WXRT Local Anesthetic, and Vintage Vinyl Records, and other blogs and stores. The $25 t-shirts are available in color or black and white on The Luck Of Eden Hall’s Bandcamp page.   

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