As is my wont, before I regale you with highlights from this week’s Soundboard writeups, I’m going to rattle off some other worthwhile shows that nobody managed to cover. Fuck a Thursday, but on Friday you’ve got your pick of weirdo Australian rockers Blank Realm at the Burlington, charmingly bedraggled Portland garage band the Woolen Men at Permanent Records, and Juicy J of the Three 6 Mafia with A$AP Ferg at Metro.
What’s on Saturday? Well, gritty Chicago street-rap duo L.E.P. Bogus Boys perform at Reggie’s Rock Club, and charismatic young old-school soul band JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound play a release party at Mayne Stage for their new Bloodshot album, Howl.
On Sunday you could check out the eclectic Co-Prosperity Sphere concert that Gossip Wolf mentioned, with Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening, punk bands Distract and Warrior Tribes, and live electro from Hunter & Josh. Or you could get snazzed up and attend “The (Best) Prom You Never Had” at the Empty Bottle, which features Girl Group Chicago, Bobby Conn & the Pretty Flowers, and the Chances Dances DJs. And if that sounds too wholesome for you, I recommend the Butchershop Quartet at Township, playing their notorious rock-band arrangement of Stravinksy’s The Rite of Spring to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the piece’s premiere. There probably won’t be a riot this time, but you never know.
Actually, I take back that rude thing I said before about Thursday. That’s the night of my Chicago Craft Beer Week event at the Lincoln Park Binny’s with beer manager Adam Vavrick. We’re going to pair beers and songs! It’s going to be ridiculous, and you should come.
And now on to the Soundboard picks: