Tickets went on sale yesterday for the Elvis Costello and The Imposters Hello Again! show at the Chicago Theatre on November 3. Other stops on the tour include Memphis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. In other Elvis Costello news, his 1978 album with The Attractions This Year’s Model has been re-recorded as a Spanish language version. The new album retains the original arrangements but Costello’s singing has been replaced with vocals by Juanes; Cami; DRACO ROSA; Nina Diaz; and other Latin recording artists. The album is due out September 10.
The Handcuffs were in top form last Saturday at the Belmont/Sheffield Festival. In addition to playing material from their three albums and a few cover versions, the band also tossed in a few songs that will be on their upcoming new release. Earlier that day, I checked out the Millennium Art Fair, and dropped by the Reckless Records store downtown for my Record Store Day purchases. The Handcuffs have a 7:00 pm show tomorrow night, as part of the Sundays On State series, and will be at The Northman on The Riverwalk August 14, and at the Skokie Backlot Bash on August 28.
The Handcuffs’ Saturday, August 28 Skokie Backlot Bash gig will be at 5:45 pm—sandwiched between Smoking Popes (7:00 pm) and Material Reissue (4:30 pm). That’s a lot of great Chicago original rock, and the headline act that night is The Verve Pipe. The August 27 headline act is Ohio Players and the August 29 headline act is Tributosaurus Becomes The Allman Brothers.
Avid Harry Potter fans across the globe may want to shell out the bucks for a trip to Manchester, England to experience A Forbidden Forest Experience. It’s an actual nature trail based on the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series. According to the Secret Manchester Instagram site, visitors will be taken “on a journey that will quite literally illuminate some of their favorite Forbidden Forest moments.” The trail will open this fall.
The Rolling Stones have announced the dates for their rescheduled U.S. tour, which kicks off in St. Louis, MO on September 26, and wraps up with a stop in Austin, TX on November 20. A post on the band’s Facebook page states all previously purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates. There were some shows that couldn’t be rescheduled, and few new ones were added. Unfortunately, Chicago doesn’t figure in any of this.
Tickets are now on sale for Kim Gordon (9/10), Mavis Staples (11/190, and Houndmouth (12/17 and 12/18); all at Thalia Hall in Chicago.
DiWulf Publishing House is sponsoring a book release party for SKA BOOM! – An American Ska and Reggae Oral History at Four City Brewing in Orange, New Jersey tomorrow, Sunday, July 25. Long-time Chicago ska band Heavy Manners is featured in this book.
Sunshine Boys are taking another stab at hosting a record release party for their 2020 Work And Love, this time at SPACE in Evanston on Thursday, July 29. The pandemic shut down everyone’s ability to stage live events when the album first came out, but there’s no holding back “Infinity Girl,” “Don’t Keep It Inside,” “A Ghost, At Best,” and the other well-crafted indie rock songs from the trio’s second effort. The Bobbleheads, a guitar-driven pop band visiting from San Francisco, will be the opening act.
SPACE has an impressive lineup for its Out Of Space festival running August 5 – 8 . The Emmylou Harris and Los Lobos (8-5) and Caamp (8-8) shows are sold out; but there are still tickets available for Patti Smith And Her Band (8-6) and Ben Harper (8-7).
As reported on the Rolling Stone website, Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, and Kenny Jones have reunited in the studio and are working on new recordings.
The Chicago Brewing District’s Dancing In The Streets festival will take place August 6 – 8 on Hubbard between Paulina and Wood. The event will feature craft beer from Chicago Brewing District brewers and live music.
Singer-songwriter Andrew Krull, a veteran of Chicago’s indie rock/country scene, has released a solo EP that draws inspiration from Nick Drake and Elliott Smith. The first single from It All Goes is “Magnolia,” which combines shimmering guitars and a duet between Krull and folk singer Alayne May. It All Goes is due out August 27.
Long Live The Zine. According to a recent Instagram post, Time Out London Magazine is now being printed again and will be available on the city streets as of July 20. Time Out Chicago used to be available in print at the Time Out Market at 916 W. Fulton in Chicago before the pandemic, but I dropped by there yesterday and didn’t see any. Hopefully, they’ll be back soon.
Indie rock band whitewolfsonicprincess will at Few Spirits in Evanston next Friday for “cocktails, friends, music and spirits.” The event starts at 5:00 pm.
Kid Gulliver, the Boston-based band that gave us the funny and meaningful Ramones-influenced “Susie Survived Chemotherapy” last year, is back with a new four-song EP titled Gimme Some Go. It kicks off with a revved-up take on The Bee Gees’ “I Started A Joke” that’s a must-buy for people like me who love 1960s rock cover versions fused with punk energy.