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Decent Days and Nights

By Julene McCoy in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 15, 2007 5:54PM

This week we have some bands in town to do good, make us take our panties off, and give us a reason to get out from under our blankie in this cold weather. Buck up, Chicago – it’s only January!

Ryan AdamsA recently sober Ryan Adams is taking the stage at the House of Blues to help Len & Bob raise some cash for Cubs Care. We’re not sure if this sobriety will cause Ryan to come up with crazier rants between songs or if it will tone him down. Word is that the set list has been the regular mix of Dead songs and his own that he’s been doing for a while now.
House of Blues, Jan. 18, 9:00 p.m., sold out, 21+.

Ladies and Gentleman! For two nights only at the HOB, Superdiamond will be putting on their homage to the great one, Neil Diamond. Diamond believes the group is a little creepy and we agree with him. If pantie-throwing and crazed crowds screaming along to a band covering the Jewish Elvis is your thing, this is the mid-January event that can’t be missed.
House of Blues, Jan. 19 & 20, 9:00 p.m, $19.50, 18+.

Saturday night Otter Petter and The Satin Peaches are bringing their sounds to the Beat Kitchen. Otter Petter had a great year in 2006 for a band that was formed the year before and we expect nothing less in 2007 for them. The Satin Peaches hail from Detroit and play that new garage sound that is a tad more danceable than the original form.
Beat Kitchen, Jan. 20, 9:30 p.m., $8, 18+.

These are a few of the shows this week that caught our eye. Many more bands are out there trying to make it through the frozen Chicago landscape just like the rest of us, except they have to carry gear.