Decent Days and Nights
By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 1, 2007 6:45PM
Rocktober is truly upon us. Usually we would avoid such cutesy phrasing for fear of falling into obvious cliché, but this year truly holds some outstanding live music coming through Chicago in the month of October. Here's a sampling of what to expect this week.
Honestly, we’re beginning that suspect that both Matt & Kim and Dan Deacon secretly have apartments in Chicago, because it feels like they’re playing here every other week. If that’s the case, we’re OK with it since we still find both acts to be endearing as hell. Matt & Kim’s two-piece indie-pop is adept at getting even the staid Chicago rock and/or roll community on the dance floor, and Dan Deacon’s sets are becoming famous for literally collapsing dance floors.
Logan Square Auditorium, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., $12, all ages
Black Mountain may look like a bunch of Candians with a bad case of bedhead, but their sound is all mountain-man Americana crossed with the stoner-rock of the California desert. 2005’s Druganaut EP and self-titled album sound like they were recorded in 1975, but that didn’t stop either from sneaking onto a number of best-of lists that year.
The Empty Bottle, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., $12, 21+
Imperial Teen has been dormant for a couple years, but resurfaced with this Fall’s The Hair the TV the Baby and the Band. We were always drawn to the band’s deceptively simple melodies and its sunny tunes, so their return to “active-status” is a welcome one. Local dance-rockers Bang!Bang!, and local orch-poppers Canasta open.
Abbey Pub, Thursday, 8:00 p.m., $12, 18+
And that's not even including shows with Beirut, Hot Hot Heat, Electric Six and The Gore Gore Girls, Fujiya & Miyagi and Dirty on Purpose, Bishop Allen, Klaxons, and Matt Pond PA and Jesca Hoop (though don't be surprised if you see some more in-depth previews or reviews of those gigs as the week progresses).
Photo of Imperial Teen from the band's MySpace page.