Decent Days and Nights
By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 13, 2007 6:35PM
Well, it's a lighter than usual week for touring bands in Chicago, due to a certain festival down south. That doesn't mean we're hurting for music though! This is a week that famously gives lots of local acts prime spots they might otherwise not have available to them, so you have a good chance of catching a good band you might have never heard of before just by wandering into any of Chicago's music venues over the next few days. Here are a couple shows we're particularly looking forward to.
We dig the whole earth rock vibe The Colour has going on. We still haven't heard their new full-length, but we really liked their EP. Songs like the choir-tastic "Devil's Got A Hold On Me" seem ripe for a full on rock revival of religious proportions, complete with sweaty, swaying crowds lost in riff-filled bliss.
Schuba's, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., $8, all ages
Brighton, MA spun off from The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, but took along less of the latter's Belle and Sebastian fixation to craft a more organic pop that falls more fully, and pleasantly, upon our ears. We look forward to watching where this band decides to take their sound.
Double Door, Friday, 9:00 p.m., $12, 21+
Baby Teeth's new album The Simp is filled with funk-flecked pop. We admit we doubted the sincerity of some of the band's earlier output, but this new disc firmly cements them as a group as serious about it's R&B as it is bedeviled by the orgiastic promise of glam. The dual spirits driving the songs head straight to the heart and the hips. This CD release show should serve as the perfect primer to folks new to the band, as fervent followers of the band hold the neophytes' hands and help them get down and get lost in the groove.
Schuba's, Saturday, 10:00 p.m., $10, 21+
We never miss a St. Patrick's Day with the Beer Nuts. We decide to spend time with them partially because no weekend amateur/single-day Irish wannabe would be caught dead at a Beer Nuts show ... and if for some reason they accidentally stumbled into that particular party they would run screaming for their life shortly afterwards. But the real reason they get our green backs every St. Patrick's Day is because they, hands down, put on the most astoundingly fun, vibrant, life affirming, mess of a show you could possibly ask for. Plus? Lots of beer gets thrown around so you need only stand near the stage with your mouth open to get blasted for free.
Double Door, Saturday, 9:00 p.m., $10, 21+
Image: Baby Teeth