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Decent Days and Nights

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 23, 2007 8:40PM

Well, we've already tried to hip you to tonight's free show at The Bottle, put there are plenty of other concerts to spend your time (and money) at this week.

2007_04_SYGCEllen.gifTonight Bright Eyes begins a two-night Chicago stand. Their latest, Cassadaga, landed kind of limply upon our ears, but we're glad that main-Eye Conor Oberst seems to have outgrown his "child prodigy" mantle and is easing gracefully into middle age. Of note to the Chicago concert-goer, though, will be the diminutive presence of The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir's Ellen O'Hayer onstage, since she's joining this particular touring incarnation of Bright Eyes. Wave hi!
Riviera Theatre, Tonight, 5:30 p.m., $26.50, all ages
Riviera Theatre, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., $26.50, all ages

Fans pining for Mike Patton's return to Faith No More, or at least Mr. Bungle, should enjoy Tub Ring. Aw hell, if you're a fan of Mike Patton's you already know about Tub Ring. These guys have been around for ever and consistently put on a loud, entertainingly noisy, mess of a show. We're fans.
Beat Kitchen, Friday, 5:30 p.m., $10, all ages
Beat Kitchen, Friday, 10:00 p.m., $10, 21+

Waste is one of those bands that is ALWAYS approaching you with discount tickets to their next show. Unlike most bands doing that sort of on-the-ground promotion, Waste is always really polite about it and doesn't get pissed when you say, "No thanks." That's a good analogy for their sound, since it's a workmanlike blend of punk and metal that tries to ingratiate itself with you. We hear this is a CD release show for the band, so if you've been tempted to check them out in the past, now is a good time to do so. Also, the drummer and bassist used to be impossibly hot siblings, until the drummer got replaced. Well, we guess they're still impossibly hot, they're just not in the same band. Wait, we;re not making any sense any more, are we. Is it too early for happy hour?
Double Door, Friday, 8:00 p.m., $7, 21+

Photo of Ellen O'Hayer provided so you can pick her out onstage should you choose to attend either Bright Eyes show.