Recommended Shows!

Diane Coffee at Lincoln Hall, January 19, 2018

The gender-ambiguous project of indie rocker Shaun Fleming has already released two albums of envy-inducing (we're jealous, so sue us) D.I.Y. rock that truly comes alive onstage, invoking ghosts of Elliot Smith and a love for baroque melodies that will make you a fan if you ain't already.

Bully at Empty Bottle, January 29

Quite frankly, today's Sub Pop bands have a certain millennial sameness about them, but Bully, by contrast, could stand shoulder to shoulder with any of the now infamous Sub Pop bands of the late '80s/early '90s.

Alicia Bognanno, who cut her engineering teeth at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio, gives the band an oddly carefree yet jagged presence that is straight out of 1989 and is greatly missed by those of us who were there.

Sunflower Bean (opening for Sleigh Bells) at Metro, January 31, 2018

Been in a blue mood since Darling Buds and the Primitives called it a day? If so, NYC combo Sunflower Bean have arrived just in time to keep you from ending it all. Its members may be just out of high school, but this band is chock-full of old souls who bring a refreshing twist to that timeless '60's inspired pop aesthetic that never goes out of style. While singer Julia Cumming has a certain Twiggy-meets-ScarJo vibe about her, she's no musical lightweight merely keeping herself busy between modeling gigs. The band's real secret weapon, however, is guitarist Nick Kivlen who, mark our words, is the next Johnny Marr.

Jason Narducy, John Langford, Kelly Hogan, and more at The Hideout, February 12
There are a lot of reasons to stay home these days (it's cold, snowy, crazy drivers, people reserving their parking spots with PLASTIC LAWN FURNITURE), but if this stellar cast of Windy City heavyweights is willing to haul their shit across town on what we can only guess will be another cold-ass night on the frozen tundra, the least we can do is show up to help with an amp or three and kick in some bucks to benefit beloved indie rocker Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows), who suffered a stroke recently.

Hippo Campus at The Vic, February 16

Considering that we hailed this Minnesota band's debut LP as one of our Albums of The Year (of The Week), it should come as no surprise that their upcoming Vic gig made this list. HC are, without a doubt, one of the best old-school indie rock bands this country has to offer. For those who feel bad about missing out on Death Cab For Cutie's indie period, this is your chance for redemption. Hop on the bandwagon while its early.

Clan of Xymox at Bottom Lounge, March 17 2018

Seemingly ageless goth band Clan of Xymox (or Xymox, depending on which albums you have) return to the Windy City in support of their latest offering Days of Black, which picks up where the band's late '80s heyday left off.

In the two decades since, the band has remained active, joining the Metropolis roster in 1999 and unleashing a string of nine full-length releases that have established them as old school leaders of the increasingly popular "darkwave" sub-genre.

The Darkness at Park West, April 11

It's hard to believe that a band as balls-to-the-wall as The Darkness ever contemplated hanging it up, but such was the case in the wake of the band's initial success. Thankfully, singer Justin Hawkins got his head together, got the band back together, and they've been firing on all cylinders ever since. In a perfect world, we'd all have to trudge out to the Allstate Arena to catch a band this awesome, but, as the fates would have it, we get to see 'em at Park West instead. Hell yes! 

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