42 hours ago

Earth Day 2018: These photos should get you in the mood to clean and green

...an Urban Garden in #EastGarfieldPark at 1pm on Sunday, April 22nd. The exact location is 400 N. Albany. The City reflects who we are. We have a responsibility to what it is. #formyblock

    Earth Day 2018: These photos should get you in the mood to clean and green
    click to enlarge How are you going to make a difference this Earth Day, Chicago? Here are some ways you can help out on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22: Head over to Austin or Humboldt Park and help with a neighborhood cleanup from 9 AM-2 PM Saturday through BUILD and the Chicago Park District.
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44 hours ago

Chicago rockers Peel breathe new life into old sounds on Never Not Dead

Sun 4/29, 8 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, free

    Chicago rockers Peel breathe new life into old sounds on Never Not Dead
    Chicago foursome Peel play the kind of swashbuckling rippers that demand to be called "rock 'n' roll" (don't even think about using the whole "and" in there) and that sound like they could've poured out of a jukebox four or five decades ago, depending on the tune.
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44 hours ago

Jaden Smith effortlessly covers the hip-hop spectrum on his debut album, Syre

Mon 4/30, 7 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Western, sold out, all-ages

    Jaden Smith effortlessly covers the hip-hop spectrum on his debut album, Syre
    Long before I realized Jaden Smith was carving out a rap career, I found his weirdness endlessly entertaining. The 19-year-old son of superstar couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith has been blowing up the world of Twitter since age 12, sharing his deep thoughts and musings on topics as disparate as Illuminati conspiracies and chance encounters with Owen Wilson.
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44 hours ago

American Pleasure Club changed their name but left their heart-wrenching indie-rock intact

Sat 4/28, 6:30 PM, Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, $13, all-ages

    American Pleasure Club changed their name but left their heart-wrenching indie-rock intact
    In a Track Record essay published just before American Pleasure Club dropped February's A Whole Fucking Lifetime of This (Run for Cover), front man Sam Ray wrote about the process of changing the band's name from Teen Suicide.
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44 hours ago

As Anteloper, Jaimie Branch and Jason Nazary push in a bruising, electronics-kissed direction

Sat 4/28, 8:30 PM, Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan, $15

    As Anteloper, Jaimie Branch and Jason Nazary push in a bruising, electronics-kissed direction
    Former Chicago trumpeter Jaimie Branch was one of last year's big success stories in jazz. Her long-overdue debut as a leader, Fly or Die (International Anthem), captured her protean strength and melodic vision with stunning concision and soul, and synthesized some of her many musical interests into a cogent postbop direction that allowed for plenty of free expression.
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44 hours ago

Joan Shelley transforms a variety of folk and country songs on Rivers and Vessels

Sat 4/28, 9 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, $15

    Joan Shelley transforms a variety of folk and country songs on Rivers and Vessels
    It took me a couple of listens before I realized that Louisville singer Joan Shelley was tackling Nick Drake's singular ballad "Time Has Told Me" on her new six-track covers EP, Rivers and Vessels (released as a benefit for the antipollution advocacy organization Kentucky Waterways Alliance).
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44 hours ago

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg and keyboardist Michael Coleman bring new perspectives to work by experimental jazz composer Steve Lacy

Mon 4/30, 7:30 PM, Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N. Ravenswood, $10, $8 students and members, all-ages

    Clarinetist Ben Goldberg and keyboardist Michael Coleman bring new perspectives to work by experimental jazz composer Steve Lacy
    Bay Area clarinetist Ben Goldberg thrives in sparse settings, where the sere bite of his melodically fluid lines can stand out in stark contrast to surrounding silence. He's got a keen sense of time, and some of his strongest efforts have been drummer-free projects, such as his new duo recording with New York cornetist Kirk Knuffke.
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45 hours ago

Chicago psych band Post Animal soak up rock’s stylistic history on their debut album

Fri 4/27, 9 PM, Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Western, sold out, 18+

    Chicago psych band Post Animal soak up rock's stylistic history on their debut album
    If there's anything I dislike more than Stranger Things, it's the eagerness with which commercial enterprises and media outlets have flocked to the Netflix show in hopes of monetizing its afterglow. I'm willing to make an exception for Post Animal, a Chicago psych-rock outfit that happens to count Stranger Things actor Joe Keery as a member.
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45 hours ago

Nashville’s Lost Dog Street Band make ragged-but-right folk music

Thu 4/26, 8 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, $12, 18+

    Nashville's Lost Dog Street Band make ragged-but-right folk music
    Nashville's Lost Dog Street Band mixes old-timey music with touches of contemporary Americana, but what most distinguishes the group is the voice of front man Benjamin Tod Flippo. He's not a powerhouse singer-his delivery wavers somewhere between high lonesome bluegrass and Bob Dylan-style talk-singing.
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45 hours ago

Guitarist and oudist Gordon Grdina adapts to shifting contexts but always sounds like himself

Thu 4/26, 9 PM, Elastic, 3429 W. Diversey, $10 suggested donation, all-aged

    Guitarist and oudist Gordon Grdina adapts to shifting contexts but always sounds like himself
    One of the things that sustains my admiration for Vancouver jazz guitarist Gordon Grdina is that he places himself within a seemingly endless variety of contexts. Plenty of musicians who compartmentalize different sides of their work can appear to suffer from split personalities, but Grdina has a distinctive knack for sating his curiosity in many projects while always sounding like himself.
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45 hours ago

Folk-rock veteran John Prine retains his wisdom and wit in his first original songs in more than a decade

Fri 4/27, 8 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State, $79.50-$89.50, all-ages

    Folk-rock veteran John Prine retains his wisdom and wit in his first original songs in more than a decade
    John Prine's new record, The Tree of Forgiveness (Oh Boy), is his first album of original material in a decade. He underwent surgery for lung cancer in 2013, and his characteristically cracked voice is a little worse for wear, but he's as avuncular, funny, and wise as ever-a poet of the everyday.
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45 hours ago

Trombonist Ryan Keberle puts up political resistance on Find the Common, Shine a Light

Fri 4/27, 8:30 PM, Constellation, 3111 N. Western, $15, $12 in advance, 18+

    Trombonist Ryan Keberle puts up political resistance on Find the Common, Shine a Light
    When New York trombonist Ryan Keberle and his band Catharsis performed at the Hungry Brain in March 2017, it was clear that he had the intolerant policies and posturing of the Trump regime on his mind.
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2 days ago

Old Habits is bar food reborn

2959 N. California

    Old Habits is bar food reborn
    The phrase "permanent food installation" sounds like the result of an unpleasant medical procedure. But in Avondale at a new cocktail bar called Ludlow Liquors, it's what's used to describe the activity in the kitchen, its food, and its chefs-Nick Jirasek and his sous chef and collaborator Eric Valdivia, who go about their business under the rubric of Old Habits.
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2 days ago

Donizetti’s Il Pigmalione and Rita demonstrate two versions of love

Fri 4/20, 7:30 PM, and Sun 4/22, 3 PM, Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan, 312-704-8414, chicagooperatheater.org, $45-$145.

    Donizetti's Il Pigmalione and Rita demonstrate two versions of love
    Chicago Opera Theater's double bill of two rarely performed one-act operas by Gaetano Donizetti presents the composer's first work, Il Pigmalione (written in 1816 when he was 19 years old), and one of his last, the farce (written in 1841).
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