…and the bands descend on Chicago

A busy week of music lies ahead here for yours truly, the possibility of four shows in four days and, no, I’m not going to be attending SXSW (aka South by Southwest). The Windy City is heating up with lots of great music coming this way in the upcoming week and weeks to come. If you haven’t already checked out who will be in attendance in the upcoming weeks and months then click here (and or see the updated posting on shows).

So this week the shows to see, well if you (and I) can get into all of them are as follows:

  • Wednesday (March 7th) – The Head and the Heart will be playing at the Vic Theatre. Hailing from Seattle, this band is best described as folk revivalists or alt-country troubadours in the vein of Fleet Foxes and Whiskeytown. But, these guys are far more upbeat and make you want to dance around the campfire chiming along with their pleasant ditties. If you never heard them, check out these amazing tracks here: “Down in Valley” (love the tempo and mood change at 1:46) and “Lost in My Mind”. N.B. They will also be playing on Thursday. Both shows are unfortunately sold out, but check Craigslist day of the show as often people will have an extra ticket to sell.
  • Thursday (March 8th)The Lower Dens at Subterranean. Part of the burgeoning Baltimore music scene (see also Wye Oak), the Lower Dens play a really exquisite blend of chill-wave rock mixed with a blend of southwestern guitar riffs (think Cowboy Junkies or Mazzy Star with a little more of electro-punk feeling).
  • Friday (March 9th) Alabama Shakes at Lincoln Hall (sold out) or Black Milk at Subterranean.
  • Saturday (March 10th)EMA at Lincoln Hall. I’ve been calling EMA the Midwestern latter day heir to Patti Smith — a poetess with some arresting and powerful lyrical imagery making infectious post-punk rock music. Also the Robert Glasper Experiment is playing Double Door as well. To say I’m obsessed with their new record, “Black Radio”, is to downplay how much I adore this record: a wonderful combination of old school soul, early 90s hip-hop, and 70s jazz.

Also, here is a list of tracks that I’ve been really moved by of late:

  • Four Tet and Burial’s “Nova
  • Mister Lies “I Walk”
  • Black Tears “Indeed”
  • Perfume Genius “Hood”
  • Kendrick Lamar “Cartoon & Cereal”
  • Rick Ross “Keys to the Crib”

Here’s a mini-playlist of these tracks.

Last but not least, if you are every hankering for some great internet radio stations with quality programming might I suggest….

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