BOND 2/27, DOUBLE DOOR The version of Bond’s first single, “Nothing Fits (Fictitious Circle),” that’s set to appear on its forthcoming Sony debut is a mildly catchy bit of metal, with lyrics sure to inflame the self-righteousness of oppressed suburban boys everywhere. But that’s not enough anymore, so the CD single also includes hasty-sounding remixes by Danny Saber and Mark Plati, both of whom held David Bowie’s hand as he doddered through the minefield of electronica. Spacehog, a band that’s made its name rolling around in Bowie’s Stardust, headlines.
BOW WOW WOW, GOBLINS 2/27, EMPTY BOTTLE Reports from the road suggest that the Bow Wow Wow reunion (can you say that with a straight face?) is actually astoundingly good–apparently singer Annabella Lwin has traded in her freaky Lolita shtick for real stage presence. Opening the second of two Chicago appearances are local garage pranksters the Goblins, for whom shtick truly is stage presence. Their Goblin Pride (Truckstop/Atavistic) was recorded by Gary Burger of legendary GI protopunks the Monks, and includes “a handshake extended across the ocean to our friends in Japan” called “Giant Robot Rock’n’Roll,” a deadpan “(The Police Are) Just Doing Their Jobs,” and a multi-culti homage to Selena sung in “Spatalian.” Best of all, they give voice to just what lots of folks were thinking in “Worst Brother Ever,” about David Kacz-ynski. rchuck d, professor griff, scoop jackson 2/27, chopin theatre It was only a decade ago that Public Enemy tied militant rap to a rich, manic, downright apocalyptic production style and hurled it into the middle of the busy pop marketplace, but the group was so widely and instantly influential that it seems like ancient history. Last year front man Chuck D distilled and eulogized that history in his book, Fight the Power: Rap, Race, and Reality, and he’s been on the lecture and spoken-word circuit since. At this installment of the Guild Complex’s Musicality of Poetry Festival, he’ll sit on a panel with his old cohort Professor Griff and hip-hop columnist Scoop Jackson to rap about music, poetry, black youth culture, and the biz. Afterward, Griff and the poet-fronted funk outfit Tree Roots & the Traveling Caravan will perform.
SOLAS 2/27, irish american heritage center These Irish-American virtuosi are led by Seamus Egan, who plays flute, banjo, tin whistle, mandolin, guitar, and bodhran and who scored the film The Brothers McMullen back in 1995. On their second album for Shanachie, Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers, the songs are almost all traditional (and the sources are well documented in the liner notes). The quintet’s art lies in weaving them into a bloody tapestry of uprisings, rebellions, thieveries, murders, and deaths by broken heart–something to think about next time you’re choking down green beer under the old shamrock deelyboppers.
JAMIE HARTFORD 2/28, Fitzgerald’S Hartford, who comes to us from that musical puppy mill they call Nashville, is the son of “Gentle on My Mind” author John, and supposedly earned his allowance by writing songs. I don’t know if I’d pay him $25 a tune myself, but the catchy, gritty Saturday-night bar rock on his recent What About Yes (Paladin) comes out of the tap sounding relatively fresh, which is more than I can say for headliners NRBQ at this point. –Monica Kendrick
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Annabella of Bow Wow Wow photo by Kate Garner.