Decent Days and Nights
By Lizz Kannenberg in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 22, 2007 7:35PM
We're hot off a solid 48 hours in New York for the annual CMJ Music Marathon, so not only are we hyped for live music again, there are also a TON of bands on the road home from the conference making stops along the way in Chicago. Without further ado, here's a glimpse at the shit ton of good shows this week:
Rogue Wave is touring both in support of this fall's Asleep at Heaven's Gate and in celebration of drummer Pat Spurgeon's recovery from a kidney transplant. Duck, or you'll find yourself awash in 60's-inspired melodies and warm guitar tones.
Double Door, Wednesday, October 24, 9:00 p.m., $14, 21+
It's been the year of reckoning for hometown homeboys Walter Meego. A record deal with newly-anointed electro player Almost Gold, a European tour with VHS or Beta, and solid buzz at CMJ this weekend all adds up to a triumphant homecoming for this super duo.
Subterranean, Wednesday, October 24, 9:30 p.m., $12, 18+
It's hard to find a more honest, matter-of-fact vocal delivery than The Weakerthans' John K. Sampson. No one would accuse Sampson of being one of rock's great voices, but his deadpan singsong is unmistakable and his plaintive, searching, often darkly wry lyrics make The Weakerthans' folk stand out in a sea of acoustic pop.
Metro, Thursday, October 25, 6:30 p.m., $16, all ages
His Name Is Alive may have verklempt Internet radio announcers the world over with the title of their latest release, Xmmer (pronounced "zimmer," for the record), but the spooky, ethereal construction of the music on homemade instruments using only the freakiest of freak folk tenets ensures a perfectly unironic show for the Halloween season.
Schubas, Thursday, October 25, 9:00 p.m., $8, 21+