Friday, August 26, 2016


The Muffs, a fun garage rock/power pop band led by vocalist-guitarist Kim Shattuck, will likely be showcasing their new album Whoop Dee Doo during a gig this Sunday night (August 28) at Empty Bottle on Chicago’s north side. Shattuck has also spent time performing with The Pandoras and Pixies.

The 31st Annual Bucktown Arts Fest will offer loads of art, live bands, poetry, and a kids’ tent this weekend at 2200 N. Oakley Avenue.

I’ve mentioned WXRT’s Garage Sale/Saturday Morning Flashback live broadcast a few times here now. It takes place at Schubas Tavern tomorrow morning from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with a live concert by The Kickback at 1:00 p.m. I heard on XRT today that the year being featured for the live broadcast is 1974. All proceeds will go to The Salvation Army’s Let The Music Begin program, which helps bring music education to Chicago area kids and teens. I wonder if the Garage Sale will have that WXRT blue neon sign from their TV commercials a few decades ago or the Beatles wig Michael Palin wore in another XRT ad.

There will be a Preview Party next Wednesday night, August 31, at The Copernicus Center for this year’s Chicago Fringe Festival. The actual festival will offer a wide range of theatre, dance, storytelling and film through September 11 around Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood. Tickets can be purchased online or at one of the venues involved with the Fringe Fest.

A triple bill of Frisbie, Zapruder, and Mooner are going to be rocking tomorrow night at Martyrs’ on Lincoln Avenue.

Matthew Sweet drops by Chicago in a couple of weeks for a September 9 show at Park West. His opening act will be Material Reissue, which includes bassist Ted Ansani and drummer Mike Zelenko from the original Material Issue, with Phil Angotti replacing the late Jim Ellison on lead vocals. I still remember Material Reissue’s terrific performance at a sold-out International Pop Overthrow showcase in 2011, and of course, I’ll never forget the original lineup.

The Second Disc website is reporting that Concord Bicycle Music, which recently acquired the rights to R.E.M.’s Warner Bros. output, will release a 25th Anniversary Deluxe edition of the band’s 1991 hit album Out Of Time in November. The two-CD set will include the original 11 tracks along with 19 demo versions, and there will be a three-CD set that features a live R.E.M. concert recorded at the Capitol Plaza Theater in Charleston, WV.

Mary-Archie Theatre held its Last Abbie Fest last weekend at The Den Theater, bringing 28 years of Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins theatre festivals to and end. I’m still debating how to honor this freewheeling celebration, and how much it meant to me and so many others in the local theatre community. So far, I’ve got comments from Carla Hayden and James Moeller from Black Forest and Frank Carr from Famous In The Future; along with a new song parody I’ve written. If anyone else wants to contribute some thoughts, please feel free to contact me via Broken Hearted Toy.

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