Willie Nile at Fitzgerald's, Berwyn 9PM, Tickets $20/$25
Anyone who enjoys their roots rock with a heavy nod to Springsteen probably already knows about veteran road hog Willie Nile, whose self-titled debut album's only flaw was that it had the unfortunate distinction of being released by a label (Clive Davis's Arista Records) completely incapable of promoting it effectively, setting in motion a cycle that continues to plague Nile's popularity to this day.
If ever there was an album that should have been huge, it was 2013's whip smart and beautifully ragged American Ride, which featured stellar writing collaborations with The Alarm's Mike Peters and the Hooters' Eric Bazilian as well as an inspired reading of Jim Carroll's "People Who Died".
Last year, Nile gave us the understated majesty of the piano-based If I Was A River and showed his die-hard fan base a side of his talents not often seen or heard.
His newly-completed and as-yet-unnamed full-band album can be pre-ordered HERE and fans can count on being treated to a smattering of great new tunes from the album at tonight's show!
Castle and Bible of The Devil at Reggie's, 8PM Tix $8-10
If you've been wondering what happened to good ol' vertibrae-shaking metal riffage, get yourself to Reggie's Saturday night for what can only be described as the best ten bucks you will spend all week!
The Liz Blackwell-fronted SF doom metal dynamo Castle are the headliners, and rightfully so, but the real band to catch is Chicago's own metal gods Bible Of The Devil, whose twin Flying V's and anthemic hooks have brought them much acclaim and fanfare throughout Europe. Do yourself a favor and treat your ears and fists to some truly righteous brutality!