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Being hailed as one of the Olsen Twins fav bands is a good thing in terms of publicity, but you’ll probably have a lot of teenie boppers showing up at shows. So is the case for Montreal band Bad Flirt. A sound that is poppy enough for the younger generation, but smart enough for a more mature audience, Bad Flirt will soon probably have to choose if they want to be the next big thing or remain more indie. Local electro-popsters A Common Enemy open. Tonight Beat Kitchen.
When you have a great band name stick with it. That's our advice. But the formerly sarcastic Say Hi to Your Mom is now known as a much kinder Say Hi. Thankfully the music hasn't changed. Eric Elbogen is the main force behind Say Hi making wistful indie pop in a similar style to Bright Eyes and Sufjan Stevens. Nothing too fancy here, just a modern day singer/songwriter. This is an all-ages show that starts early at 6:30. Friday at Beat Kitchen.
The paisley one will not be at this event -- it'll take more than $16 to catch him live. Rather, this is a group of musicians from his former and current bands. And while Prince is one of the greatest performers of our time, those that toil in the background have added much to his dynamic stage presence and sound. The Truth have only played a handful of shows, but their funky soul-rock is tight and potent, performing mostly covers from the likes of Ohio Players and Sly & The Family Stone (and of course Prince originals). Sat at Kinectic Playground.
Epic might be going at little far is describing the five night residency at the Riviera from our city's favorite musical heroes Wilco, but it a major event no doubt. The band promises to play through their catalog as well as dust off some rarely played older songs. These all-ages shows from the recently Grammy nominated band are sure to be serious bragging fodder for those in attendance for years to come. Shows start tonight at the Riv.
Splitlip Rayfield has kept it real in the music industry for over a decade now, shunning mainstream accolades, for a more grassroots approach. Playing a post-punk infused sound of bluegrass with quirky and simplistic stylings, Splitlip Rayfield continues on as a three-piece after the untimley death of guitarist Kirk Rundstrom. Expect a raucous and rambling show with little energy to spare. Tonight at the Bottle.
If you're like us, driving out to Wheaton in the dead of winter and paying 20 bucks for a show in a chapel doesn't seem too appealing -- that is, unless the show involves the warming folk of Iron & Wine (aka Sam Beam). His organic DIY style has made him the lo-fi darling of indie music. Seeing him in this unique setting is probably going to be worth the drive and price. Wheaton is a hardcore Christian College, so we'd suggest leaving the flask or one-hitter at home. Tonight.
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If you've ever listened closely to Pink Floyd you know that their music is deep (a hit of acid helps). From the band's fascination with Nietzsche to their psychedelic experiments, Pink Floyd was a band that promoted thinking. Pink Floyd and Philosophy, a new book written in large part by Chicago scholars, takes a more detailed look at the connection between the band and the "love of wisdom." This reception for the book will follow a screening of the band's masterpiece film, The Wall. At Columbia College on Thurs.
VONZWECK is an in-home art gallery in Humboldt Park that features local artists that are known but not exposed (so the pretention won't smother you). This opening for Melissa Oresky's new show, "Germinator," features works that are thick dual representations of larger narratives like glaciers, landfills and the body (who knows what germs will inspire). Don't forget VONZWECK is MBYOB (the M is for mandatory). Thurs.
Any time food and drink is included with Internet surfing, we take note. When it's for a good cause, even better. The Residents' Journal is a bi-montly publication put out by We the People Media with no government funding. An inspiration and education for low-income youth, as well as an independent (and free) voice for those who lack one, Resident's Journal is an important assest to the city. With the relaunch of their Web site, the publication will have the aforementioned food, drink and Internet surfing as well as readings by their writers. Thursday At Palette And Chisel Gallery.
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The sixth annual "The Second City That Never Sleeps: Letters to Santa" mixes comedy, music and charity in one day-long dose. Jeff Tweedy, Bonnie Prince Billy, Robbie Fulks, Steve Albini and a host of local improvisors entertain for 24 hours straight to benefit needy children. Tues-Wed at Second City.
Shay's latest book of photographs document 10 years of hanging out with renowned writer Nelson Algren. Apparently during this time Algren was living two blocks away from the present day Hideout. No wonder he ended up moving to New Jersey. Shay will discuss and sign copies of his book. Wed at the Hideout.
Tyler Britt makes art by arranging print into random formations. His new installation runs at apartment gallery VONZWECK through January. Owner Philip von Zweck himself suggests MBYOB (the M stands for mandatory) -- just don't spill any Old Style on the art. Opening night Thursday.