Friday, October 16, 2015


A hearty welcome to The Zombies, who are in the Chicago area tonight for a show at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana. In addition to classic hits like "Tell Her No," "She's Not There," and "Time Of The Season," the band will also likely tap into its brand new album Still Got That Hunger. Also, congratulations to Boston-based filmmaker Justin Fielding on snagging an interview with The Zombies for his upcoming documentary The Power Pop Movie.

In this past Wednesday's post, I noted that Bric-a-Brac Records on Diversey is the only Chicago store listed on the official Cassette Store Day website. I have since learned that Laurie's Planet Of Sound on Lincoln Avenue will also be participating in Cassette Store Day, which returns for its third year, tomorrow. And they will have copies of The Handcuffs' All The Way From Chicago tape.

Graham Nash will be at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland tonight for the opening of his Touching The Flame exhibit. In addition to sharing amazing pieces from his collection like a test pressing of "Fool On The Hill" by The Beatles and Phil Everly's acoustic guitar,  Nash will also be reflecting on the ways rock music has shaped modern history.

Mary-Arrchie Theatre has three more performances of director Arianna Soloway's production of the Peter Morris play Guardians this weekend before moving on to Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, which will be directed by Neo-Futurists founding director Greg Allen. The hard-edged, critically acclaimed Mary-Arrchie Theatre is looking to raise 30 thousand dollars via its 30 For 30 Campaign to help fund its 30th and final year season.

Garbage in, Garbage rocks. The band Garbage will be performing hits like "Stupid Girl" and "I'm Only Happy When It Rains" tomorrow night at the Riviera Theatre, as part of its 20 Years Queer tour. 

I've been in a rock and roll film mode this week, starting with a visit to the Palatine Public Library this past Tuesday for a showing of the Brian Wilson biopic Love And Mercy. The film might disappoint some Beach Boys fans because rather than being a wall-to-wall presentation of the band's live performances, it's an emotional study of Wilson's struggles during two separate times in his life. There are impressive performances by Paul Dano and John Cusack as Wilson. At a time when strong roles for women in film are hard to find, Elizabeth Banks makes the most of that opportunity, particularly in her confrontations with Paul Giamatti as Wilson's ruthless manager.

A few days later, I watched a DVD of Lambert And Stamp, the story of how Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp decided to make a documentary about themselves managing The Who in the band's earliest days. The vintage footage of London, its teeming club scene, and The Who in performance is amazing. Plus, the modern day interviews with Stamp, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltry, and others are enlightening and frequently hilarious. Now I just need to watch that Charlie Is My Darling Rolling Stones documentary that I just brought home from the Palatine Library.

In other Pete Townshend news, he's releasing a series of large format, signed prints called The Seeker through the high-classed Genesis Publications. If you buy all 12 (and you'd need a lot money to do that) Genesis will hook you up with a complimentary archival case. 

Palatine High School is staging Steampunk Romeo And Juliet tonight and tomorrow night in the school's Altergott Auditorium, located at 1111 N. Rohlwing Road in Palatine. Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for adults.

The Cure for your summertime blues. The Cure sold out its June 10, 2016 show with The Twilight Sad at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, and added an additional concert on June 11.

Stories Of The Macabre, a selection of scary tales from Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving, Saki, and W.W. Jacobs performed by The Guild Theater, opens tonight at the Leela Arts Center in Des Plaines and runs through Halloween night.

Elvis Costello will be in town on November 3 to discuss his new book Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink at the Chicago Humanities Festival. The festival's associate artistic director Alison Cuddy will be joining Costello in the Diane and David B. Heller Auditorium at Francis B. Parker school, 2233 N. Clark Street. 

The bass-slinging Galassini brothers will be unleashed when Van Go and the Valley Downs share a double bill on Saturday, November 7 at The Gallery Cabaret in Chicago. Lou is a bassist-vocalist with Van Go; Mike is a bassist-vocalist with the Valley Downs. Both bands are long-time participants of International Pop Overthrow - Chicago, and have a wealth of catchy original power pop to offer. 

Joe Algeri, the wildly ambitious and globally connected power pop musician from Australia, has yet another project going. He's half of the 1980s/90s-inspired duo The Outryders with Paul Colombini. Their debut of single of the Colombini-penned "Over The Scars" and "Look At What You've Done"  features guest musicians Herb Eimerman (Joe's mate in The Britannicas) and Mark "Sid" Eaton. I'll post a review of this single in the near future. 

When the annual Halloweekend vagabond festival rises up on October 30 and 31 from the High Hat Club on Irving Park Road in Chicago, it will manifest another collection of local bands paying tribute to famous rock and roll acts. The Friday lineup has Ellis Clark as Velvet Underground; The Webstirs as Devo; Metropolly as The Breeders; I Lost Control as The Cramps; and Josh Lava as Rufus Wainwright. On Halloween night, you'll find Joel Patterson masquerading as ZZ Top; Decoy Prayer Meeting as Echo And The Bunnymen; Charlie Short as Big Star; Phil Angotti as The Turtles; and Androgynous Mustache ad Joan Jett. I've seen most of these local acts at past Halloweekend events, and they always put on a good show. 

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