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SEE THIS BAND: Pissed Jeans

For the past couple weeks, “False Jessi Part 2” off Pissed Jean‘s latest record, King of Jeans, has become my morning anthem. Suddenly, my day of doing average things such as making coffee, sitting at a computer, typing, commuting, and other verbs that I routinely and somewhat bitterly carry out seem a little more hardcore, a little more badass. The self-deprecation and humor wrought with approaching middle-age growled and howled “I don’t, I don’t, I don’t, I don’t do everything” by frontman Matt Korvette, backed by guitar shreds and rolling drums that pound along with every (de)pressing into my office keyboard– well, it gives me that little boost of relatability and resolve that many find in music. Call Pissed Jeans post-hardcore noise sludge rock, if you will. There’s also a bit of Iggy in there, an inkling of the Jesus Lizard, hell, why not throw in a Motorhead reference, it all comes down to the fact that Pissed Jeans make me want to chug beer, rip off my work clothes, and tear into the crowded pit that will hopefully be well within reach at their show.

Playing the Empty Bottle on Wednesday, April 10th, at 9:30 PM. Cost is $10. HERDS and Cougars open.

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SEE THIS BAND: Canadian Rifle

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Weekend Preview: 1/22, 1/23, 1/24

I’m pretty upset that I have to choose between two amazing shows FRIDAY night. After several small-ish anxiety attacks, I’ve decided that the Hideout’s Psych Fest will take precedence over the Empty Bottle’s overwhelming Dont Mind Control record release and rumored Cap’n Jazz reunion show. Although I do love me some Vacations, the Disappears are always great to watch live, and all the bands on the bill convey their music through brilliantly exploratory ways– I want to ROCK THE FUCK OUT— and I think I’ll get more of that at the Hideout. Plus, I’ve been meaning to check out the Great Society Mind Destroyers for way too long, I think it will be less crowded (?), and the flyers bring me back to my own psych-melt-drawing phase. Gapersblock is also hosting a free (with flyer) Pet Lions/ Post Honeymoon/ White Mystery show that night at the Metro, but the real White Mystery party takes place on SATURDAY at Flo’s with Johnny and the Limelites and comedian Chris Condren. Or, for your viewing and listening pleasure, the Viaduct Theatre hosts the Mud Queens of Chicago with Bird Talk, Modern Primitives, and Snacks— a garage show that’s bound to get raunchy in a very good way ($15, 8 PM). On SUNDAY 1997 plays at Reggie’s and I’d go to see what all the fuss is about…if I’m out of recovery by then.

SEE THESE BANDS: Tim Kinsella, Disappears

Tim Kinsella

Chicago native Tim Kinsella is a musician, filmmaker, bartender, and legend. To list all of his projects and the revolving collective of people associated with them would result in an endless list, but he is most notably known for singing and playing guitar in Joan of Arc, Make Believe, Capn’ Jazz, and Owls. Kinsella’s solo music is abstract in the way that it challenges the clichés of poet and guitar. Depending on the album, the listener is met with highly experimental electronic noise or pretty melodies cascading lightly over each other to end in wavering riffs backed by faint electronic beats. Kinsella’s familiar, shaky voice leads into simple songs in which bleak, stripped down, still-life albums entitled Field Recording of Dreams, He Sang His Didn’t He Danced His Did, and Crucifix Swastika are painted– best viewed late at night.

Disappears photo by Greg Simpson

Self-described as “CCR via Minor Threat”, Disappears drop reverb and distortion into a slowly spiraling sound of psychedelia that’s drizzled over with bluesy guitar melodies negated by short syncopated ousts of vocals. This built up, gnarled wall of sound somehow manages to remain a simple one, a wall Lou Reed might very well jump out of. It looks like Disappears won’t be Chicago’s best-kept secret much longer, after playing Pitchfork and opening for the Jesus Lizard on New Year’s Eve, Disappears are wasting no time in getting ready for a tour with Tortoise in February. Their latest release, Live Over the Rainbo (recorded in an apartment over the bar), of which you may download for free, along with their past two 7″s, via their blog, proceeds their debut album, Lux, due out in April off Kranky Records.

Both play the Empty Bottle on Jan. 22 with A Tundra, Birthmark, Jeremy Boyle, Lites Alive, Matt Clark, Owen, Pillars & Tongues, The Zoo Wheel, Vacations, The Slick Conditions, and surprise special guests…a Capn Jazz reunion?
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Weekend Preview: 1/15, 1/16, 1/17

Neon Indian photo by Dagny Piasecki

This weekend is filled with release shows, free in-stores, fundraisers, and a mini-fest of all those novel bands you didn’t get to see at Pitchfork last year. FRIDAY night Neon Indian plays a sold-out show at Schubas as part of the Tomorrow Never Knows festival and indie-rock darling Bradford Cox brings his band Atlas Sound to the other site, Lincoln Hall, along with the experimental jazz dub of Icy Demons (10 PM, $15). If you prefer an intimate setting, or one that doesn’t cost anything, then head over to Reckless Records (the Broadway location) at 5 PM to see the Icy Demons play for free.  If you’re willing to spend those few hard-earned dollars, but want them to go to a good cause, join local garage-country-ish favorites Maximum Wage, Tiger Bones, and Tyler Jon Tyler in supporting Girls Rock Chicago at the Empty Bottle (10 PM, $8). SATURDAY night, violinist extraordinaire Owen Pallett, formerly known as Final Fantasy (he changed the name due to possible copyright infringement), plays a sold-out show at Schubas; at 4:30 PM The Bowerbirds play their folk for free at Reckless Records before joining The Rural Alberta Advantage over at Lincoln Hall (10 PM, $15). The Empty Bottle hosts another noble cause, the CHIRP Radio launch party, with music from more local garage favorites The Yolks, Hollows, and Rabble Rabble (10 PM, $8); The Bollweevils  are holding their “Weevilive in Color” DVD release party along with 88 Fingers Louie and Agent Orange at Reggie’s Rock Club (6 PM, $18); and Implodes, Aleks and the Drummer, Maxwell Citron, and Members Only, with DJ J+J+J play the Proximity Magazine release party at the Co-Prosperity Sphere ($10/$8 without a magazine, 9 PM). If you want your music, punk rock specifically, straight-up, froofy frills aside, The Catburglars and Sinks play Ronny’s at 8 PM and Brain Idea plays Cal’s Liquors at 9 PM. On SUNDAY things seem to mellow down a bit — Clues (ex-Arcade Fire, ex-Unicorns) plays Schubas ($15, 9 PM), Lee Fields & the Expressions bring some soul to Lincoln Hall, Reckless Records (the Wicker Park location) offers their last free in-store of the weekend– self-proclaimed “art-pop” by the Pomegranates at 5 PM, and the lovely Califone plays the Hideout ($10, 9 PM). For those who still want to party and/or drug themselves into a new work week, Psychedelic Horseshit’s lo-fi (but don’t tell them that) psych-pop will entertain those at Ronny’s at 9 PM as the King of the Chicago psych-rock scene, Plastic Crimewave, plays the Mopery with a slew of other worthy psych. bands.

Weekend Preview: 1/8, 1/9, 1/10

Mucca Pazza photo by Eric Harvey Brown

This weekend is lookin’ pretty, awfully, and horribly slim, but never fear, the Empty Bottle and the Hideout save the day(s) with a couple of solid shows. On FRIDAY Chicago’s favorite 30-piece marching band Mucca Pazza team up with the punkish curiosities of Paper Mice to transform the Empty Bottle (10 PM, $12)  into an animated circus extravaganza; and you might as well stay in the area because The Windy City Soul Club continue their monthly residency the next night, aiming to spin all your favorites from Motown and beyond for a vinyl incited dance party (10 PM, $5). Also on  SATURDAY is the record release party for husband/wife duo My Gold Mask at the Hideout (9 PM, $8) along with personal favorites, the always theatrical, the ever so eerie, and the all-encompassing of alt. country anguish– The Bitter Tears. And if you must see a show on SUNDAY head back to the Hideout for Das Boton (9 PM, $8). I’ve never listened to this band, but they were a Reader CC and there aren’t any other shows that look enticing, so there you have it.

Weekend Preview: 12/11, 12/12, 12/13

Cococoma photo by Chris Anderson

Holy awesome weekend ahead! On FRIDAY the Brokedowns play a show with Brickfight, Johnny Bodacious and the Bad Attitudes, and Amen and the Hell Yeahs at the EWL house ALL the way out in Wonder Lake, the instruMETAL Pelican play at the Empty Bottle (10 PM, $12 advance, $14 door), The Queers bring their soda-pop punk to Reggie’s Rock Club (7 PM, $14, all ages) with the oddly KISS-reminiscent  I Love Rich. SATURDAY brings forth a psychedelic garage orgy at the Bloodline Speakeasy with Hollows, International Date Lines, Cococoma, Terrible Twos, and Maximum Wage, but if you prefer your D.I.Y. a little harder head over to Rancho Huevos for punk rock from Daily Void and No Slogan. It’s a Chicago metal spectacular(!) at Lincoln Hall (9 PM, $12 advance, $14 door, 18+) with Russian Circles and Sweet Cobra, Ronny’s Bar is having an eye/ ear/ gasm with a multi-media art show, snacks, and music from Michael Michael Motorcycle and Amen & the Hell Yeahs (in case you missed them on Friday). There’s also the HeWhoCorrupts, Inc. hardcore holiday party with 97-Shiki at the Beat Kitchen (10 PM, $5 advance, $8 door, 17+) and for $18 you can see the Verve Pipe play at Schuba’s at 9 PM. Remember them? They did that one song, but don’t confuse it with this song, or that song. I cannot believe I almost forgot to mention the Polkaholics show tomorrow at 9 PM at Quenchers, and finally, spend your SUNDAY jumping around to the tribal punk electro space rock noise of Chicago’s Mahjongg at the Hideout (9 PM, $10).