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Suns’ When We Were Us record release show at the Subterranean, 12/28

Suns-WhenWeWereUsWith snow storms looming ominously on the horizon, it would appear that the holidays are almost upon Chicago. With festivities taking over the start of the next two weeks, you can expect there to be a major lull in excitement towards the middle of next week. Luckily, Chicago band Suns chose next Friday, 12/28 to release their debut full-length record, When We Were Us.

Presented by House Call Entertainment, Suns will be celebrating the release at the Subterranean with the help of local groups Sequoia, Snow Ghost, and, playing their first show, Court of Owls.

Suns has three tracks from the new record available for streaming through their Bandcamp page, and if they are any indication as to the direction of the rest of the album, then it will definitely be a release to keep your eyes and ears upon. The standout track for me is “Strangeland.” Check out the driving rock song, above.

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Weekend Shots!

Weekend Shots - ChicagoLooking for some live music in Chicago this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Check out this weekend’s featured show along with a more extensive weekend list below!

DOOMTREE at the Metro, 12/21 | Minneapolis indie hip-hop collective, Doomtree, will be in Chicago tonight headlining the Metro. Made up of seven established rappers, producers, and DJs, the members of Doomtree have released solo albums along with the group’s two official records. Last years’ No Kings is available on vinyl for $22.99 through Doomtree’s online store. Check out the No Kings track, “Bangarang,” below.

The 18+ show kicks off at 9:00 PM tonight, 12/21, at the Metro – 3730 N Clark St. Doomtree will be supported by Buck 65 and Show You Suck. Tickets are $20 online or at the door before the show.

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Thrill Jockey celebrates their 20th anniversary at the Empty Bottle tonight, 12/20

Thrill-Jockey-20Chicago’s own Thrill Jockey Records is celebrating their 20th Anniversary tonight at the Empty Bottle with longtime label artists Tortoise and The Sea & Cake. This hometown show wraps up a series of celebratory concerts and supplements their on-going anniversary LP reissues.

Established in New York in 1992, Thrill Jockey packed up and moved to the Windy City just three years later in 1995. With hundreds of releases, and most on vinyl, Thrill Jockey has created a loyal fan-base and an impressively tight-knit roster.

Both Tortoise and The Sea & Cake will be playing nontraditional sets tonight, as the Empty Bottle’s website states, “weird sets for the hometown weirdos.” From 8:00 – 9:00 PM, you can enjoy complimentary drinks from Goose Island and Virtue Cider. Sweet, huh?

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TVD Recommends: Warm, Safe & Sound Clothing Drive at Schubas Tavern, 12/20

Warm-Safe-SoundIf the Christmas season doesn’t bring out at least a little bit of generosity in you, then there might be some cause for concern. Tomorrow night, Chicago’s The Bright White will be giving you the opportunity to satisfy your charitable side and experience some amazing live music in return.

Organized by the local power-pop group, the second annual Warm, Safe and Sound concert and clothing drive will feature Panda Riot, The Second, Panther Style, and Adam Ashbach, along with a set by none other than The Bright White. The show will be collecting winter clothing to be distributed to those in Chicago who may need them during the unavoidably harsh winter to come.

The Bright White front man, Matthew Kayser, responsible for the organization of this show, brought the idea for this clothing drive/concert with him from New York. The group debuted in Chicago in 2011, and released their second album, Lose Yourself, this past June.

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Weekend Shots!

Weekend Shots - ChicagoLooking for some live music in Chicago this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Check out this weekend’s featured show along with a more extensive weekend list below!

OUTER MINDS Record Release Show at the Empty Bottle, 12/15

There are a whole slew of awesome shows in Chicago this weekend so you have no excuse not to catch some live local music. Along with I Fight Dragons, On And On, Grandkids, and Archie Powell & the Exports, Outer Minds will be playing this weekend, celebrating the release of their sophomore LP, Behind the Mirror, at the Empty Bottle tomorrow night.   Out on Resurrection Records, the newest release from the Chicago psych-pop outfit can be picked up on vinyl for $10.99.

The show kicks off at 10:00 PM at the Empty Bottle – 1035 N Western Ave. The show is FREE with an RSVP, but for guarenteed admission, you’d be better off grabbing a ticket in advance for just $8. Outer Minds will be sharing the stage with Bare Mutants, Radar Eyes, and Blizzard Babies.

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A Very Girl Group Holiday Party at Saki Records, 12/15

This Saturday, Saki Records will be hosting their third annual holiday party with a little help from Chicago’s Summer Girlfriends and LA’s Kitchen Hips. Coined “A Very Girl Group Christmas,” the free, all ages party will take place after hours at Logan Square’s Saki Records (3716 W Fullerton).

Inspired by the iconic A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector and hosted by “Phil” himself, drinks will be provided by Goose Island. Kicking off at 7:00 PM, Summer Girlfriends and Kitchen Hips will be playing special arrangements of holiday music along with their own original songs.

Between sets, the staff of Saki will be spinning music to provide background for the night’s many other activities including a holiday photo booth, presents, complimentary drinks, and perhaps most important of all, a cookie potluck.

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Weekend Shots!

Looking for some live music in Chicago this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Check out this weekend’s featured show along with a more extensive weekend list below!

SCOTT LUCAS & the MARRIED MEN at The Hideout, 12/9

Chicago’s Scott Lucas & the Married Men will be at the Hideout (1354 Wabansia) on Sunday for their third annual holiday show. Formed in early 2009 by one half of Chicago rock duo, Local H, The Married Men recently released their sophomore album, Blood Half Moon. The record is out now in a limited edition of 500 numbered LPs with hand screened jackets, and you can save $9 by picking up a copy right now for just $7.99.

On Sunday, you can expect a different tone from the group with Christmas classics like “Feliz Navidad” and “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” If you can’t make it, the show will also be recorded and released on the band’s website around Christmas. The holiday performance kicks off at 8:00 PM on Sunday night with local girl-group, Purple Apple. You can grab your tickets online or at the door for just $8.

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TVD Video Premiere: Mutts, “God, Country, Grave”

“God, Country, Grave” closes the A side of Mutts‘ powerful sophomore LP, Separation Anxiety. With director Jim Sikora, the Chicago trio recently recorded the track’s music video at Lakeview’s L&L Tavern, and we are thrilled to host its national premiere right here.

Mutt’s frontman, Mike Maimone, shared with us some insight into the track earlier this week via e-mail:

“When people look to religious or political leaders for answers, they get complacent, forgetting that permanent progress has to start with personal resolve. It’s another example of Separation Anxiety on this record, that many of us believe the means to make real changes in our own lives is something external to ourselves. The paradox in trying to help someone with this disconnect is that I can’t ever really help.”

“Director Jim Sikora approached us about shooting a video for this song, with a pretty clear idea of the plot, location, and actors all lined up.  Since it didn’t involve us doing anything other than playing music and drinking in arguably the best dive bar in Chicago all afternoon, we were all about it.”

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TVD Recommends: Churchill, The Damn Choir, and The Dirty Pigeons at the Beat Kitchen, 12/7

Denver based quintet, Churchill, will be bringing their folk-rock to the Beat Kitchen this Friday to share the stage with Chicago locals The Damn Choir and The Dirty Pigeons. If you’re not familiar with this particular group of bands, you can sample some tracks for yourself below, or just take my assurance that this is going to be an amazing show.

Since their formation in 2009 as a duo, Churchill has grown as a group and put a number of releases behind them along the way. After selling over 1,000 copies of their debut EP, the group moved onto their first full length effort, Happy/Sad.

Churchill’s latest release, and debut for A&M/Octone Records, Change EP, was entirely self-produced and recorded with the intention of capturing the vibe of the group’s live performance. See how they did by taking a look at the official music video for the track “Change”, above, and then checking them out live at the show on Friday.

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Weekend Shots!

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The TREASURE FLEET (Record Release Show) at the Subterranean, 11/30

Chicago’s the Treasure Fleet will be at the subt tonight celebrating the release of their newest LP, Future Ways. The band, made up of members from The Arrivals, Lawrence Arms, Smoking Popes, and Sass Dragons, has been shaping their distinctive pysch-punk sound since the summer of 2010. After shelving the LP due to touring and other commitments, Future Ways is finally ready to get its release. Check out the video for the lead song and title track, “Future Ways,” below.

You can order a copy of the new LP on white vinyl directly from Recess Records for just $10. The album is on a limited run of 300 copies, so get yours before they’re gone. The 17+ show kicks off at 8:30 PM tonight at the Subterranean – 2011 W North Ave. Setting the stage for the Treasure Fleet will be Brokedowns, Audacity, and Big Eyes. Tickets are available online or at the door for $10.

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