Thursday, March 29, 2012

April 2012

Hey, blogspot readers, don't let rainy showers stop your from rockin' this April calendar full of events, tours and shows happening around Chicago and elsewhere. All shows/events listed are automatically presumed 21 and older unless duly noted.

April 1st - Listen to friend Sid Yiddish on WGN AM radio between 7a - 7:30a or online at
Check out this video - Trailer for Sid Yiddish doc

SouthSide officially starts the month at Red Line Tap to celebrate with friend WhiteWolfSonicPrincess at their 10 + 1 CD release party! The fun begins early at 4p. FREE

Then head to Double Door with SouthSide for April Fool's Day Fan Appreciation Show! For a small cover fee of $1, you can check out friends The Walking Shadows, Veritae, and Paragon along with The Persistence Memory, Still Searching and The Chinese Professionals rockin' the stage.

Everyone's A DJ featuring Anthony Cozzi (of Radar Eye) rocks Empty Bottle. FREE

Turqoise Jeep and The Rectar Crew will be at Reggie's Rock Club. 8p

April 2nd @ Martyrs', Vic's Drum Shop hosts Virgil Donati Drum Clinic. All Ages / 6p / tickets are $12 -
@ Bottom Lounge - Kid Savant rocks the stage. 8p

@ Hard Rock Cafe - singer/songwriter showcase featuring SouthSide's friend Matthew Alfano (of Mason's Case). $5 / All Ages

@ Uncommon Ground (Devon location) Geri X and Leslie Hunt will be performing there. 8p

April 3rd @ Reggie's Rock Club - friend Cyanotic rocks the stage opening for Faderhead.

@ Metro - Ting Tings return to Chicago to perform

April 6 @ Reggie's Rock Club - friend Ovrevolt will be rockin' the stage with new material at a late show with one of the most ferocious pioneers of industrial metal comes back to Chicago - BILE! 10p

@ Bottom Lounge - Live Salsa World Series featuring Angel Melendez. 8p

@ Elbo Room - Beneath The Stares will be headlining the lineup that will feature Labirinto (from Brazil) opening.

@ Club 38 (243 W. Roosevelt RD, West Chicago) - it's Kriz's Hollywood Sendoff /EP release party! Help SouthSide's friend get a good start on the road to Whiskey A Go Go where he'll be performing on April 21st!

April 7th @ Double Door - it's Spaghetti Wrestling and Chicago Outfit Fundraiser! The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby team will be hosting this event to raise money for their opening season as well as collecting non-perishable (canned) food for Chicago Food Bank. doors 9p / $7 ($5 with food donation)

@ Elbo Room - friend 20 Mark Helga rocks the stage along with The Unemployed Architects, The Heroic Charade and Brother Nature.

@ Goose Island - The Banana Convention with The Ewing Theory, Audio Content, and Adrian Krygowski will be performing.

@ Underground Lounge - Thunderunderus performs with Lords of the Trident.

@ Empty Bottle - Mannequin Men will be sharing the stage with Outer Minds and Summer Girlfriends featuring DJs Tood Hozac and Sriracha. 10p / $8 (FREE with RSVP)

@ Bobby McGees - friend Pipedream rocks the stage.

@ The House Cafe - friend Old Shoe with Bonzo Terks and Sneaky Gene will be performing.

@ Club 3160 (3160 N. Clark) friend Jesse Charbonier will be making his northside debut with two solid shows celebrating Billie Holiday's birthday and her legendary music. RSVP 1-773-327-59-69 or

April 8th @ Mellow Yellow restaurant (Hyde Park) enjoy a special Jazzy Easter brunch with Jesse Charbonier.

April 10th @ Double Door - Raspuntina and Daniel Knox will be rockin' the stage. $15 adv / $17 dos

@ Mojoes (of Joliet) friend A.D.D. will be rockin' the stage.

April 12th @ Smart Bar - Wolfpack presents April Showcase featuring Silkie (live) and debut of Space Race aka Nameloc, Zebo Bandit and more. $5

@ Ultra Lounge - We Killed The Lion (read their debut review from March 16th at Elbo Room) featuring The Blind Pets (from Austin, TX) and The Mantras (from Greensborough, NC) will be sharing the stage.

April 13th @ The Rave - friend Losing Scarlet shares the stage with Shinedown and Adelitas Way. All Ages show

@ Canoe Club Lakeside Grill (Summit, Mo) friend Oakhurst will be there performing live.

@ The Q - friend Once A Pawn along with Pharmacy Spirits featuring Lil P and Sharen Cox will be performing on stage.

@ Schubas - friend Mr. Gnome (Ohio) returns to Chicago.

@ Metro - friend Trampled By Turtles (MN) returns to Chicago featuring These United States in the lineup.

@ Neo - it's Amnesia - Remember party

@ House of Blues (Chicago) - How Far To Austin will be rockin' the stage.

@ Shark City (Glendale Heights) it's the Battle of the Effin Rock Semi-Finals! Cheer on friends The Steep Chops and Illusions Fate as they battle each other and Negative One for the spot in the Finals.

April 14 @ Metro - friend Adora has their CD release show.

@ Empty Bottle - it's the Windy Soul Club. Chicago's rare soul dance party. $5 / 10p

@ SubT (Subterranean) - Artist Growth Presents "Celebrate The City" featuring Secret Colors, Go Long Mule, Red Tail Ring and Deserters.

@ The Burgundy Room (215 E. Washington ST, Waukegan) friend Thunder Driver will be sharing the stage with Felony 4 and Luciferum.

@ Reggie's Rock Club - come to Gearbox Fantastique II with SouthSide and see some amazing, death-defying feats and villainy by friend V Is For Villains!

@ Abbey Pub - Kid A returns to the stage!

@ Founders Brewing Company Tap Room - friend Furious Frank will be sharing the stage with Poor Ol' Jim and Northern Skies.

April 15th @ Elbo Room - check out SouthSide's friend from UK Capelle as they share the stage with Maris Maeve and Thick Leather Brick.

April 17th @ Double Door - your last chance to see friend from UK Capelle rockin' the stage with Cheer Up Moon Cat at this $1 show.

@ Mojoes - friend Blood On The Dance Floor will be entertaining their legion of fans at this All Ages show along with Broken Clyde and Deuce.

April 18th @ Double Door - friend Bambi Raptor with Chains of Love will be rockin' the stage.

April 20 @ Elbo Room - friend On Your Marx will be rockin' the stage with Empire Lines.

@ Goose Island - sing Cherry Cherry and Sweet Caroline with friend Neil Diamond Philips as they return to the stage with Visionaire.

@ Bottom Lounge - it's the monthly meeting of Nocturna with a special band performance at midnight featuring friend DJ Scary Lady Sarah!

@ Double Door - Soul Summit presents FREE dance party with Soul Summit DJs and special guests.

@ Joe's Bar on Weed ST (940 W. Weed ST, Chicago) friend The Steel Chops will be opening for Country rocker John Eddie.

April 21st - Besides it being SouthSide's birthday, it's also Record Store Day! Visit and support your local record store today.

@ Elbo Room - friend Luring Thieves headlines this lineup featuring Cobra Lanche, Thieves & Rivals and Fox Deluxe.

@ Old Town School of Music - CHIRP Radio presents Ami Saraiya and The Outcome.

@ Mojoes (of Joliet) - friend Skinwalker opens for Sepultura at this All Ages show.

@ Cubby Bear (Wrigleyville) - friend Bootsy Collins will be brinin' the funk, y'all.

@ Cubby Bear (Lincolnshire) - friend Losing Scarlet will be performing with Cold Steel (NE) and Arcane Framework.

@ Old Settler's Music Fest (Driftwood, TX) - friend Gaelic Storm will be performing new material from upcoming album Chicken Boxer (due out July 31).

@ Whiskey A Go Go - check out friend Kriz performing at this legendary venue.

April 22nd @ Empty Bottle - it's Books, Booze and Brunch (not necessarily in that particular order).

@ Ace Bar - friend Kelsey Montanez along with Adam Faucett, K. Serra and Thee M.T.'s will be be performing.

April 25th @ Double Door - friend Mos Scocious will be sharing the stage with Maitri, Deep Fayed and Fadrbooste (headliner).

April 27th @ Glencoe Union Church - attend an evening of classical guitar featuring the works by such composers Bach, Debussy, Mertz and more performed by friend Ben McMunn, Jesse Langen, Ron Stark and others. The event is FREE but donations to help benefit the People's School will be accepted.

April 28th @ The Viper Room - check out friend 28 North performing on stage there.

@ The Mutiny - it's Chicago's Punk Night featuring Dick Finger and The Larroquettes at this FREE show.

@ Reggie's Rock Club (late show) Last Rites present Earthen Grave with violinist Rachel Barton Pine on stage along with Question of Madness and Deep Space Riot at this 17+ show.

April 29th @ Soldier's Field - SouthSide will be participating with many others at the American Cancer Society's Walk and Roll raising funds to fight all kinds of cancer. Will be posting more information soon on how to support her and/or donate to this cause.

@ Dirtroom (located inside Double Door) - Akasha presents Simmer Down Sunday with DJs The Graduate of Illuminati , Rad Brian of Impala Sound and special guests TBA at this FREE show.

April 30th @ Elbo Room - I AM Fest Battle of the Bands begin!

Also happening this month:

Every Wednesday at Elbo Room, it's The Local Music Showcase - Free admission

Damaged Thursdays rock Ultra Lounge on April 12th featuring Matt Szlachta (of Chimera) and Tom Richmond (of In The Weeds) and on April 19th featuring DJ Erik and Bobby Miller (of Black Actress). RSVP at for no cover

Intelligence Squared US Debates will be posing the question - "WHEN IT COMES TO POLITICS, THE INTERNET IS CLOSING OUR MINDS" on April 17th. FOR - ELI PARISER
Author of The Filter Bubble & Board President and JOSEPH TUROW
Professor of Communication, Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania. AGAINST - JACOB WEISBERG Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, The Slate Group and EVGENY MOROZOV
Internet Scholar and Author, The Net Delusion. TICKETS ARE $40($12 for students) and can be purchased online at

The Claudettes will be making rounds this month:

April 5 @ Founders Brewing Company (Grand Rapids, MI)

April 6 @ Papa Pete's (Kalamazoo, MI) with The History Channel House Band

April 7 @ Inside Out Gallery (Traverse City, MI)

April 19 @ The House Cafe (DeKalb, IL) with The Mutts

April 20 @ The Livery (Benton Harbor, MI) with Chuck Jagers

April 21 @ Flint Local 432 (early ALL AGES show) and Churchhill's (late show) with DJ Michael A.

April 26 @ Cowboy Monkey (Champaign, IL) with Temple of Low Men and Cameron McGill

April 27 @ Black Sparrow (Lafayette, IN)

April 28 @ Plurals (310 E. North ST, Lansing, MI) party and show with Hat Madder

friend Great Barrier Reefs will be performing on April 5th at Honest Pint (Chattanooga, TN) and on April 8th at Huey's Midtown (Memphis, TN).

friend VOA (Voice of Addiction) will be rockin' the Pickups Bar (Lynwood, IL) with The Royal Sons of a Guns and The Ruiners on April 20th and on April 28th will be performing in Sheldon, IL with Mitress and The Haunts.

Friend Phantom Tails will be touring this spring too!

April 6 @ Frank's Power Plant Milwaukee, WI

April 7 @ Crown Tap Room (Logan's Square) Chicago, IL W/ Los Vigilantes

April 10 @ Silk City Philadelphia, PA

April 11 @ XPO 929 Broadway Brooklyn, NY

April 12 @ Trash bar, Brooklyn, NY

April 13 @ Springfest WSBF Tiger Park Clemson, SC

April 14 @ Flatiron Greensboro, NC w/Fort Wilson Riot

April 17 @ Melody Inn, Indianapolis, IN

April 21 @ Kitty Kat Club - MPLS, MN w/ Dial-up, Buffalo Moon, Slapping Purses

Until next time, support your local scene,

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