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This Weekend In Music: Three To See

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 3, 2014 7:20PM

Daniel Wade plays House Of Blues tonight, January 3. Photo via Wade's website.

Daniel Wade at House Of Blues
We've already raved about Daniel Wade's currently (but not for too much longer, hopefully) under-appreciated music earlier this year and still view him as one of the city's most promising power-pop talents. He takes the stage at House of Blues tonight and while we believe it's the largest room he's commanded thus far in his solo career, after seeing him at Double Door a few months ago we're confident he can make the room buzz with energy and fill it with terrific melodies.

Friday, Jan. 3, at House Of Blues, 329 N Dearborn, 7:30 p.m., $10 advance / $12 at the door, 17+

Frank Catalano, Jimmy Chamberlin, & Friends at Martyr's
We admit Jimmy Chamberlin is the draw for us here. We admit we weren't huge fans of his post-Smashing Pumpkin solo outing, the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, but there is no denying that the man's drumming is a propulsive force of nature that is incredible when experienced live. Frank Catalono seems a weird pairing with Chamberlin, since his saxophone method is more on the smooth side and less on the crazily frenetic, but we're hoping that each performer pushes the other out of their comfort zone.

Friday, Jan. 3, at Martyr's, 3855 N Lincoln, 8 p.m., $12, 21+

Sam Prekop at The Empty Bottle
Sea & Cake frontman Sam Prekop might seem an odd choice to headline a mini-festival put on by an experimental label like Hausu Mountain Records, but if you're thinking that then you probably haven't delved into the man's solo work. While his earlier albums still share some of the pristine song-craft of the Sea & Cake, later efforts have grown steadily more weird. The entire line-up is worth seeing, for sure, but we admit we're most curious to see which incarnation of himself Prekop brings to the stage; well structured songwriter or daring improvisationist? Or both?

Sunday, Jan. 5, at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 5:30 p.m., $10, 21+