Decent Days and Nights

By Lizz Kannenberg in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 27, 2007 6:38PM

2007_11_questionmark.jpgLots to rock about over the next few days, from Modest Mouse at the Congress, to Bob Pollard at the Metro, to our beloved Hall & Oates at the UIC Pavilion, but DDaN's gonna keep it live and local this week.

InchWORM mounts the stage at the Double Door tomorrow night to fire up the cornfield psychedelia and shambling country pop that have garnered them comparisons to Wilco, Sparklehorse, and My Morning Jacket. Their most recent release, 2005's Porchlight, was even recorded at Jay Bennett's Pieholden Suite Sound Studio. Delicate organic folk-pop from For All The Sweet Children will warm things up, so get there kinda early.
Wednesday, November 28, Double Door, 9:00 p.m., $5, 21+

J Church was an iconic Texas punk band, living on the road and playing several memorable shows in Chicago. They also lost their heart and soul a couple of weeks back when frontman Lance Hahn, one of the most prolific and dynamic songwriters in the punk community, succumbed to kidney and heart failure. Four Chicago bands are unlikely to forget him anytime soon, and have organized a benefit show Thursday at Ronny's to raise money and awareness for organ donation. Mt. St. Helens, Dialogue, Snd On Snd (full disclosure, this writer slings the bass for SoS), and Lynyrd's Innards are all set to jam on a few J Church songs and honor a guy who truly lived for making music.
Thursday, November 29, Ronny's, 8:00 p.m., $10, 21+

Chicagoist fondly remembers a story about our dad owning a turntable and only one record for the duration of college - the single of ? & the Mysterians' "96 Tears." Would that Dear Ol' Dad could relive those days of youth Saturday night at the Double Door, where the original ? (take that, ?uestlove) brings still-fresh, still-weird, 60's organ-driven pop music for nostagians and new mods alike. Chicagoist favs the Bon Mots open, so make it another early arrival at the Double Door this week.
Saturday, December 1, Double Door, 9:00 p.m., $12, 21+

Photo of ? & the Mysterians from the band's Myspace page