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Weekend Preview: 1/29, 1/30, 1/31

An (old) picture of the Puking Pearls

I’ve completely dropped the ball this week… FRIDAY night the Alex White-approved Puking Pearls play new songs at the Hideout with Hollows and Punk Band (10 PM, $8). This show has been described as a “hot girl punk show” so if that’s your thing then by all means, GO. And, what can I say, I’m partial to local garage acts– SATURDAY night Cococoma play downtown at Cal’s Liquors with Dumpster Babies and Radar Eyes (10 PM, 21+). On SUNDAY the elusive Pony Boy play a nice old-fashioned rock and roll show at Ronny’s with Michael Michael Motorcycle and three other bands: Cicada Face, Threeville, and Asleep at the Javelin (8 PM, 21+). Three shows, three nights, there you have it.

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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: 12/4, 12/5, 12/6

the Dutchess & the Duke *YAWN*

It’s turning out to be an alt. country-ish weekend here in Chicago, on FRIDAY Holly Golightly bring their dirty blues from across the pond to the Subterranean along with the hoedown hogsteppin’ energy of the Siderunners, and the turned down, poppy, “Ponys LITE” sound of Maximum Wage Small Brown Bike also play two shows at the Beat Kitchen (5:30 PM/all ages/$12/with Bridge & Tunnel, Amoebas; 10 PM/sold out/with Noise By Numbers, Cheap Girls), and over in Logan Square the newly repainted and vamped up Ronny’s Bar is holding a benefit for itself at 6 PM with the punkish sounds of Seedy Sea Controversy, Mountains for Clouds, Pineal Eye, The Coyotes, and others. Expect drink specials, giveaways, and the (now less putrid) smell of “piss and Ramen noodles”. On SATURDAY night get that special dose of Americana roots rock at the Mile Long Records comp. release party with performances by bands Nashville Wreckers, Twilight RevialMedicine Hat, and others at Martyr’s (9 PM, $8, 21+). That afternoon Bob Dylan-esque the Dutchess & the Duke play a free in-store at the Wicker Park Reckless Records at 5 PM, then go on to play the Empty Bottle (10 PM, $10, 21+), which is then followed by an Okmoniks-inspired set by Bloody Anchors at 1 AM. If you dont feel like waiting all night for psyched out garage, then head over to the Whistler for a  DJ set by Plastic Crimewave (10 PM, free, 21+). Round out your weekend on SUNDAY at the Whistler with the Golden Horse Ranch Band as they play a sophisticated blend of country square dance with vocals as purty and sweet as sugar (7 PM, free, 21+).

Also playing this weekend: Do Make Say Think, Arctic Monkeys, Vortis (Jim DeRogotis!), Red Channel, Implodes