Friday, March 5, 2010

Chicago Marches On!

Here's what you should be doing this March:

March 7th - The Heligoats @ Schuba's
March 13th - Harvey Milk, Coalesce, The Atlas Moth @ Subterranean
March 13th - Angel Eyes @ Summer Camp
March 15th - White Mice, Liturgy, Tinsel Teeth @ The Mopery
March 16th - Racebannon, Rollo Tomasi, Thank God, Reptoids @ The Beat Kitchen
March 16th - Black Dahlia Murder, Obscura @ Reggie's
March 18th - Locrian, Sun Splitter, Anatomy of Habit, Harpoon @ The Abbey Pub
March 20th - Chinese Telephones @ Ronny's
March 31st - The Gunshy, Cheap Girls, The Riot Before @ Ronny's

Stand-out shows are obviously the Harvey Milk/Coalesce and Liturgy/White Mice shows. Heligoats are the nom-de-plume of the lead singer of the defunct band Troubled Hubble, and he's touring on the strength of a new album which is stunningly catchy, not nearly as disappointing as his first release under the name. Obscura is pretty mind-blowing technical metal, it's a shame they're shackled opening for Black Dalhia Murder who I find dreadfully boring. Locrian is playing a record release show for their latest effort with local standouts Anatomy of Habit. Expect beautiful darkness all night long. Chinese Telephones are playing a reunion show at Ronny's which is worth checking out for all you sloppy pop-punk fans. I'm excited, they always stood above most of the rest of the bands playing in that style, and never really got their due. Finally, ending the month is The Gunshy and The Riot Before at Ronny's. The Riot Before are tremendous live, think Against Me! pre-sellout. Their recordings never have really captured the passion of their live show, so, yeah, get psyched.(Though their latest is recorded by J. Robbins, so I may be speaking too soon.) Cheap Girls are also great, in that jangly 90's indie punk way.

It's a good month to live in this city.

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