In honor of All Soul’s Day…er…Halloween this Sunday, the weekend officially begins tomorrow. Well, there’s really nothing official about it, but tomorrow night kicks off a run of some really good shows around town. I’m excited to spend my first Halloween in Chicago and my first dressed as a character from a Christopher Guest film (hint: were he not a musician, he’d be a haberdasher and fashion chapeaus for men). And hopefully the near-hurricane-force winds will let up. But if not, be sure to take shelter in one of the following shows…
Wednesday, October 27th:
8 PM Over at Lincoln Hall, the pale, undernourished, utterly un-rockstar-like men to the right will rock your evening. Two Door Cinema Club, perhaps the coolest thing to come out of Northern Ireland since Stiff Little Fingers, are touring in support of their debut LP Tourist History. And boy is it a doozy. There’s not a single misstep on the album, each track a lush, electropop marvel. Listen below and be astounded that the little redheaded man can write such a fine dance tune. Tickets are $15, but also sold out.
What You Know by Two Door Cinema Club
12 Midnight Oh yeah. Nobody is ballsy enough to start shows at midnight, except…who’s that? Yes, the “we-don’t-give-a-f&*%” indie darlings Sleigh Bells will be at the Metro, further enshrining their chaotic mix of noise and swagger (maybe there’s more to it than that). Sleigh Bells have been tremendously hyped for…well, months now, maybe even since their appearance at CMJ last fall. If you dig the song below, you’ll like ’em, but Sleigh Bells tends to divide opinion. That’s the sign of a band who knows what they want and plays, quite unapologetically, for themselves and the music. So kudos there! Tix are $12.
Crown On The Ground by Sleigh Bells
Thursday, October 28th:
9 PM I absolutely love Jagjaguwar. Largely for providing a loving home for Okkervil River and Bon Iver, but they just seem to have a killer lineup of very diverse bands. Among them is Black Mountain, stomping over to the Metro on Thursday. For those nostalgic of the 70s, even if you haven’t lived them, Black Mountain can offer up perhaps the finest fix of earthy, black light psychedelia you’re likely to find. So break out your Atom Heart Mother DVD and get pumped for these guys. Tickets are $19.
Friday, October 29th:
Midnight! At the Bottom Lounge you can catch The Rocky Horror Picture Show in all its androgynous glory. And best costumes get a prize! Ticket information is…not especially apparent. Maybe give them a call.
Saturday, October 30th:
9 PM Garage/folk/country rock-informed Deer Tick, led by the uniquely flexible and emotive John McCauley, are sometimes as woodsy and minimalist as their name suggests, others urbane and thoroughly hedonistic. They’ll be at the Bottom Lounge for $13 and, having seen these guys live, I can attest that their live performances are equal in stature to their songwriting.
Deer Tick – Twenty Miles by Partisan Records
9 PM Swirling dream pop served with hooks alternately crooned and sloughed off with apathy, the Morning Benders very much take on the timbre of gifted lead vocalist Chris Chu. Sophomore album Big Echo, released earlier this year, has been received warmly…and that’s putting it mildly. Another band attracting exaggerated praise, the album is actually quite good, dusted with pop at turns gentle and lively. Tickets are $15, show’s at Lincoln Hall, and there is, sadly, no prize for best costume. Listen to the lulling, fluid guitars becoming steadily more entropic and menacing in “Mason Jar.”
The Morning Benders – Mason Jar by The Drift Record Shop
Have a great Halloween weekend!