If you weren’t sleepy-eyed this morning, either you didn’t bathe in Union Park for the past 72 hours, or else you did and R. Kelly’s grand Sunday-night opus was so good you couldn’t wait to wake up and listen to all his hits again. Or else you’re Lil B, with the love of Buddha and the relentless energy of someone in much better shape than Buddha. Either way, there’s more good music this week. Soundboard never sleeps. And also we drank enough Run the Jewels beer this weekend to look like Buddha.
Tonight, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down support their strong March album We the Common at SPACE and Nebraska power-pop veteran Matthew Sweet plays at City Winery (he returns on Tuesday too). Also Tuesday, Mayer Hawthorne opens a Ravinia concert; his new album, Where Does This Door Go, is far more infectious than anyone wants to admit, but it should be noted that OneRepublic is the headliner. Hawthorne also plays a DJ set at the Empty Bottle on Wednesday, the same night Twin Peaks come to Schubas to celebrate the vinyl reissue of Sunken.
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