Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New Music review

Hey, blogspot readers - SouthSide's up to her ears with new music ...locally and nationally as well as internationally with more arriving into her inbox every single day! There's something for everyone to enjoy this spring / summer of 2015. 

She highly recommends checking out the following artists/bands...

“Poison the Well” – single
Movement I
Textures of Lions
Local band rockin’ the stage with their brand of hard-hitting, guitar experimental/progressive rock, blogspot readers to which had this reviewer liking its gritty sound (especially during track 1 – “The Golden Age”) …plenty of wicked riffs to keep the head banging to the intense yet raw rhythms …basically, this band lets its music do most of the talking for them in between lyrics (sung by front man Chris Pacific) …SouthSide recommends listening to “Pyramid Sky” for that dreamy electric pop feel as well as the featured single “Poison the Well”.

“Beneath the Sun” (ft Elisa Coia) – single
Creature In The Woods
Creature In The Woods
Check out this single by Brooklyn, NY producer (name withheld) who combines an interesting music flavor of psychedelic, dance, hip hop, downtempo and electronic with guest vocalists in this EP release. What SouthSide enjoyed about this artist retains a rhythmic floetry that’s not heavy relied upon the bass, blogspot readers. Sometimes, the tracks contain a light and airy feel as heard in the featured single “Beneath the Sun”…or take a dreamy cosmic trip around the universe in “In My Spaceship” (ft Elisa Coia and Stan Ipcus on vocals) …truly loved the bounce and rhythmic style …perfect for a club/dance scene.

“Trial and Error” – single
From the land of down under, comes this recent  EP release by Calais in which had SouthSide and test audience rockin’ to the band’s rock alternative sound …the reviewer enjoyed the vibrant guitar rhythms while the teen liked the danceable beat …says it’s what kids today like listening to especially during Calais’ featured single “Trial and Error”.

“White Dress” (ft Deutsch Duke)
Set Mo
From the Aussie duo, Nick and Stu, Set Mo has brought a refreshing sound as well as revival to House music, blogspot readers, with this single. Wow …that’s all this reviewer can say about the featured single “White Dress” (featuring vocalist Deutsch Duke) …it has a vibrant floetry yet rhythmic tone that’s perfect as a cool down effect at the club (also another club track that’s not heavy on the bass but will keep your club attendees glued to the floor).

“Frighteners” – video single
Check out this heavy metal from McAllen, TX that’s rockin’ YouTube with their latest singe – “Frighteners”, blogspot readers …the video has all of the right amount of creepiness as well as head banging, raw screamo rock to smack your face with …this reviewer suggests turning up the volume on the highest setting just to feel every ounce of intensity from front man Chris’ vocals and guitars.

“Legend” – single
From Ale Maria, Spain, it’s Anglo-Spanish rock that has this raw edgy yet gritty music appeal and feel that had this reviewer’s head banging to the band’s featured track – “Legend” …she was totally digging the retro sound …so fast and furious and sometimes quite dirty – that’s how she likes her rock-n-roll, blogspot readers.

“Liquidator” –single
The Dead Heavys
This reviewer is no stranger to rock music from the Emerald Isle however she was blown away (again) by what’s rockin’ across the pond by The Dead Heavys. Their latest single “Liquidator” immediately had SouthSide addicted to its psycho rock pop sound …featuring Aisling Browne of Cut Once (as guest vocalist – adding some intense yet soulful tone to this song), this single features plenty of excitable energy that builds up to “in your face” blast of music and vocals to get you groovin’ to the rhythms …now, she’s ready to hear the rest of the album.

Electric Brain Activity
Maniac du Jour
Lots of brain activity coming from this Italian band that includes a healthy dosage of heartfelt ballads and head banging grit of rock-n-roll, blogspot readers. SouthSide had a fun time rockin’ her ears to the electric soundwave vibin’ throughout this album due Maniac’s use of various genres represented. She recommends checking out the acoustic ballad “Red Butterfly” before getting smacked in the ears with tons of anger and guitar grit of “My Personal War” …this is where front man Paride makes you feel the frustration within his raspy vocals. She also recommends riding the electric dreamwave with Maniac in “Desert River” that will definitely float your brain activity away as you enjoy the calming, soothing effect of the guitar rhythms at the end of the album.

“On The Right Side” – single
By The Ocean By The Sea
Buffalo Sunn
Another band from the Emerald Isle rockin’ the local airwaves with their brand of alternative / cosmic rock sound. Buffalo Sunn had this reviewer (as well as the test audience) instantly grooving to the rhythmic vibe in which the featured single garnered a HUGE “thumbs up” from the teen …it’s something she’s currently into with other notable bands like Artic Monkeys, Cage The Elephant, Foster The People. SouthSide is looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.

New Politicians
Post-punk / alternative fans, SouthSide has found the “perfect” band for you! She suggests checking out New Politicians (from NJ) and their latest album– Remission just released last week. Seven tracks to which this reviewer found herself immediately submersed into the dark, moodiness (featuring plenty of electric post-punk rock) heard in featured songs like “Cut A Hole” and “Killer on the Mend”. Taking their cue and sound from the legendary post-punk band, The March Violets, blogspot readers, shouldn’t expect these guys to imitate and/or re-create …nope – they have elevate it their own style and electric soundwave. Though it was SO hard to choose which to spotlight, she was instantly hooked with “Revelator” and the dark poetry of “Images” …even “The Idealist” left her thinking but wanting more.

Until next time, support your local scene,

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

May 2015

Hey, blogspot readers ...April showers have left a bunch of May flowers well as shows and events happening not only in Chicago but elsewhere including London! SouthSide suspects it's going to be a very, very busy summer 2015 by the amount of events/shows/tours scheduled for the coming summer months ...she highly recommends checking out this month's calendar and attending a show or two.

Please note - all shows listed are 21+ unless otherwise stated.

May 1:
Moe’s Tavern – it’s M.P. May Madness with The Gold Web and Prom Date performing live at this Avondale neighborhood venue.

The End Zone Tap – get your taste of jam fusion (funk, rock, psychedelic, etc) with Digeometric!

Livewire Lounge – rock out with Private Instigators, Michael Braves, Jay Schraub and B-Movie Monsters.

Brauerhouse Lombard (Lombard, IL) – Armored Assualt shares the stage along with Two Ton Anvil and Speed Freak
18+ / 9p / $5 adv / $9 dos

Quenchers – Mayday Mayday! performs live with Cassettes On Tapes and Wired Minds
9p doors / $7

Gabe’s Backstage Lounge (Highwood, IL) – rock out with Thunderdriver, The Miners and The Caped Canaveral’s.

Red Line Tap – it’s M.D.C. (Millions of Dead Cops? or Multi-Death Corporation? or Millions of Dead Children? – take your pick in what the initials mean) from Austin, TX will be performing live along with Channel 3 (CA), Deathwish (WI), Destroy Everything, and Spare Change …special set by DJ Bashert.

Livewire Lounge – check out Michale Graves acoustic show with other  performing bands to be announced soon.

GRANDBAR – it’s Fatal Havoc with Control!
$5 / 6:30p doors

May 2:

Montrose Harbor – celebrate Kids & Kites Day
For more information, visit
FREE / 10a

Double Door – Shoeshine Boy presents Graham Czach’s “Star by Star” EP record release featuring Cellars, Backyard Cohort and Todd Kessler (special solo acoustic performance).
8p / $10 adv / $12 dos / $20 VIP

27 Live (Evanston, IL) – Pink Floyd fans, spend a fantastic evening with In the Flesh, a premiere Pink Floyd tribute show.

Copernicus Center – Majowka – Mega Koncert Gwiard!
8p / $20 - $60

Bottom Lounge – Villains of the world unite! Mr. Agitator and his villainous crew will be rockin’ this venue!
17+ / $10

The Loaded Buffalo Bar & Grill (Mundelein, IL) – “Badge” and “Strangers” bring their Cream and UFO tribute shows to this venue.

Door No. 3 – it’s Deep Turnt with Olin (Smart Bar), Studio Casual (Smart Bar), special guest Gunnar Haslam (Argot, L.I.E.S. – NYC)
9p / $5 before 11p / $10 after 11p

Logan Theatre – check out Propeller, a VANS Skateboarding video.
8p & 9:30p show times

Subterranean – have some fun with Candy Town and Bubbles Brown!

Red Line Tap – attend Dance Paty with Expo 76!
$7 adv / $10 dos / 8p doors

10:30p / $8

May 3:
City Winery (Chicago) – spend a special Sunday brunching with Charming Axe and Sunnyside Up.
11a doors / $12 GA

May 4:
GRANDBAR –Stars Wars “May the fourth be with you” Libations event hosted by JoJo Baby …come a galaxy far, far away to party celebrating all things Star Wars!
No cover with music by Peter Propaganda

May 6:
Sidetrack – attend a Spring Wine Tasting Party …sample more than 100 wines (bottles and cases available for purchase).
6:30p / $20

May 7:
Concord Music Hall – Faith No More will be rockin’ the stage here!
18+ / 7p

May 8:
Double Door – it’s The Red Cartel (formerly Eat That Plastic) with Anthony Dario performing live here.
FREE show / 9p

Door No. 3 – PUSH Beats with DJs tba
FREE / 9p

Red Line Tap – Husker Du’ Grant Hart will be performing live along with Bear With Hawkfist, Adam Rebellious, Exploding Head Syndrome and Brandon Harrod featuring DJ Bashert.
$7 adv / $10 dos / 8p

The Throne Room - TAFKAVince Band will the rockin' the stage with The Demertis and The Polymer Twins!
$5 adv / $8 dos

May 9:
Double Door – Shoeshine Boy’s 15 th Anniversary show featuring live performances by The Central Standard, Bumpus, Mer, AyoH and Jordan Engelhardt.
7:30p doors / $10 adv / $15 dos / $20 VIP

The Throne Room – celebrate at Digeometric’s album release party featuring Shapes & Colors and Rusty Gates.
$9 adv / $12 dos

Beat Kitchen – rock out with Hero Monster Zero, Magatha Trysty, and She Rides Tiger.
6p doors / $8

Bada Brew Bar and Grill (Crest Hill, IL) - Central Disorder and Michael Angelo Batio will be performing live here.

Red Line Tap - The Locals along with Lifeaftersix and My Pal Val will be rockin' out this Rogers Park venue.
$5 adv / $7 dos

May 10:
Mother’s Day

Grant Park – Race for the Cure Chicago 10k / 5k / 5k timed run / 1 mile fun walk
For more information and registration, visit

Lincoln Hall – attend this live performance featuring Young Fathers!
18+ / 8p

Red Line Tap - Foster Pussycat will be sharing the stage with 4Without, The Prowl and Lynch featuring set by DJ Bashert.
$12 adv / $15 dos

May 11:
Subterranean – William Control will bring his “Punishment Tour” to Chicago along with special guests The Neuromantic Boys, Requiem and Justin Symbol.
7p / $15 / 17+

Limelight Eventplex (Peoria, IL) – it’s Marilyn Manson performing live here.
$48 adv / $50 dos / 18+

GRANDBAR - Wormwood Collective Poetry Night moves to this venue.

May 13:
Door No. 3 – FABITAT: Safewords with Friends 2 nd Annual IML edition featuring live DJ sets by Adam El and Ldy Prblms with live performance by Modern Day Rippers with drag shows by Lucy Stoole, Joan Waters, Betty Kyle and Curlene Ribbon.
9p / FREE

Concord Music Hall – check out The Story So Far along with Four Year Strong, Terror and Souvenirs.
AA / 5p

Martyrs’ – it’s another dance party with Chicago Semi Sweet and Kreyol Roots!
8p / $7

May 14:
CafĂ© Mustache – Midwest Action presents Joyeux sharing the stage with Jesse W. Johnson and Matthew Kennedy

Double Door – rock out with Brewski with Triple S-Slang, Emmtee, Karma, Pyrothename, Jacoby, Gzus Piece (Treated Crew), Blacky Chan, Gordon Miller and V.
5p show / $10 adv / $15 dos / $20 VIP / AA

May 15 & 16:
Empty Bottle – it’s the annual HoZac Blackout Fest featuring live performances by The Real Kids and Cozy (on Friday) and The Avengers and Grosse Pointe (on Saturday) …and many more!

May 15 – 31:
London, UK (various venues) – it’s the 9 th annual London Burlesque Festival 2015 …17 days featuring 17 signature events and over 100 star performances!
For more information

May 15:
Concord Music Hall – React presents Azealia Banks performs live!
6:30p / AA

Double Door – check out The Damnwells sharing the stage with Trapper Schoepp, The Cringe and Boh Doran.
$15 GA / $25 VIP

Martyrs’ – it’s Quiet Company sharing the stage with The Rocket Boys and Wally Dogger.
Visit for tickets.

House of Blues (Chicago) – attend this event which pairs the ultimate craft beer and the best of Chicago’s local music …Local Brews Local Grooves featuring live performances by Windy City Duo, Keithen Banks Band (full band), The Shams Band, The Hemispheres, Bassel & The Supernaturals and many more.
VIP sampling and music begins at 4:30p
GA door time 5:30p
VIP $60 / GA $10

Firehouse Community Arts Center (2111 S. Hamlin) - attend We May'd It 2nd Annual showcase which spotlights deserving artists in the city such as AC, Henny B, Thomas DaVinci, Jinx, EMP and many more.

May 16:
Bottom Lounge – Nocturnica returns with your resident DJs c-LOS and Scary Lady Sarah with special guest DJ Venux …devoted to your current and future dark electronic music.
10p / $7

Bada Brew Bar & Grill (Crest Hill, IL) – rock out with Sinister Fate, Metamorphis and Grain Shifter.
Screams begin at 9p / $7

Double Door – dance the night away at Soul Summit: Free Dance Party with DJs Sloppy White, Dave Mata and Duke Grip …guest DJs tba.
9p / FREE / $10VIP ticket available

May 17:
House of Blues Chicago - rock out with Hatter's Riddle here!

Beat Kitchen - Concert for Kids present The Hamburglars! Robble Robble fun!

May 18:
Door No. 3 – Phantom Note Productions presents Otto Man sharing the stage with Box Sledder, Adults and Lust
FREE / 8p

May 19:
Double Door - Lo-Fang will be performing live at this venue.
7:30p / 18+ / $15 GA / $25 VIP

Liar’s Club – get punk’d with Butchered, Bottle Kids, Crab Legs (ND) and Welfare Beer League.

May 20:
Double Door – Rock Sin Anestesia and Riot Fest presents Kinky with Daniela Spala!
AA / 6:30p / $44.98

Door No. 3 – Rouge! Chicago’s Premiere Night of Electroswing with DJs Vourteque and Mr. Automatic with burlesque performance by Lady Lennox.
9p / FREE

May 21:
Uncommon Ground (Clark St loc) - check out Matt Feddermann and Luke Underhill performing live.

May 22:
27 Live (Evanston, IL) – locals whitewolfsonicprincess will be opening for The Rolling Clones.
$9 adv / $12 dos

The Throne Room – enjoy some dark symphonic rock by The Walking Shadows and Shutterline with Grace Kulp

Liar’s Club – punk out with Voice of Addiction, Get Up & Go, The Involuntarys (IN) and Rhetoric Vendetta

Red Line Tap - it's FUNKADESI rockin' this venue!
$18 adv / $20 dos

Double Door – attend this Sweetwater Session featuring Burnside & Hooker’s record release with Mason’s Case, Furious Frank and Felix & Lyons
8p doors / FREE with rsvp at

May 23:
Elbo Room – join Aryk Crowder along with Erthe  St. James and Brittany Lee Moffitt at this latest Sweetwater Sessions. Sweetwater Brewing will be hand with samples of some their finest brews.
RSVP at for free entry.

Jurassic Park – hey, ladies, let’s show the boys how it’s really done at this ALL Girl Punk Show featuring Mandatory Abortions and Graffiti Box …Mandatory Abortions will be shooting a music video …be a part of the all-girl mosh pit!
Girls – FREE / Boys - $5 / 7p

Subterranean – RADKEY will be performing live along with Dead On TV, Wax TV, and War On Women (acoustic set).
6p / AA

Cubby Bear – check out the Sacred Monster EP release show with Savagery, Wizard Castle and Armored Assault.
9p / $7 adv / $10 dos

Lizard’s Liquid Lounge – rock out your Saturday with Vintage Blonde!

Arcada Theatre (St. Charles, IL) – legendary multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter will be performing with his band (featuring Doug Rappoport on guitar, Koko Powell on bass and Jason Carpenter on drums) along with Rick Derringer co-headlining at this special show.
Tickets start at $39

May 27:
The Frequency (Madison, WI) – rock out with Cowboy Winter along with Smoking Flowers (TN), Cigarette Burns (CA) and Not Dead Yet
$5 – 18+ / $8 - under 21

Door No. 3 – FABITAT with DJs Adam El and Ldy Prblms and drag performances by Lucy Stoole and Curlene Ribbon.
FREE show / 9p

May 29:
Reggie’s Rock Club – get “MAD” with Honey & the 45s with Chicago Cloud 9, Low Down Brass Band and Ethan Butler.

Concord Music Hall – check out Little Dragon with special guest tba
8p doors / 18+

May 30:
Double Door – Shoeshine Boy Productions presents Revolt Coda with The Maharishi, My God, The Heat and The Tyme Machines performing live on stage.
8p / $8 adv / $10 dos / $18 VIP

May 31:

Red Line Tap – it’s whitewolfsonicprincess variety show featuring live comedy sketches and live music by Gunnel Pumpers, The Rut and more

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Wave (2011)

Autocracy – a system of government by one person with absolute power or unlimited authority over others

It took a mere week for the heavens and earth to be created …the same amount of time for a high school experiment to begin as a classroom project to an out-of-control social movement with dangerous repercussions, blogspot readers.

That’s the premise of this intense psychological drama in a German film titled “The Wave”, based on an actual experiment created by Ron Jones. This move takes the viewer within the ideals and thoughts behind the seeds of fascism during one week when a popular teacher (Jurgen Vogel as Rainer Wenger) abandons his usual unorthodox methods for a project about “autocracy”. The subject itself might be unpopular to him but for the students, it instantly gets them interested …soaking up the information like sponges each day. They take those ideals (such as strength in unity, discipline and action is power, and the notion of working as one team) to heart, blogspot readers, thus they soon call themselves (and the project) The Wave.

Yet, it soon becomes more than just a classroom project. The feeling and movement spreads beyond the classroom …and spills into the open as the students “recruit” new members to join. The gradual process of The Wave changing into the social movement is frightening since it also separates as well as divides friendships and relationships when free-thinking ideals are not welcomed within the group. Besides the change effecting the students of this project, it also changes the Rainer as well. He’s no longer the unorthodox, rock-n-roll rebel wearing Ramones or The Clash tee and radical amongst the teaching staff as we first see him at the beginning of the project but soon an autocratic leader of a growing Wave movement. In a way, think of the rise of Adolf Hilter and the Third Reich.

Scary, huh, blogspot readers?  Even Rainer questions the class “…so you don’t think there could be another dictatorship in Germany…” to which a student named Jens replies “…No, we are too enlightened now…” Still this project proved even under an “enlightened” society seeds of fascism or autocratic thinking can sprout from a thought or idea. The Wave society soon have their own insignia, uniform code (white shirts and jeans), salute and communal thinking as one. The project is successful however it begins to go too far …gets out of control especially when one student (Tim portrayed by Frederick Lau) who’s somewhat the class loner but gradually emerges as a leader  thus not wanting the project to end.

No spoilers here, blogspot readers, but SouthSide highly recommends checking out The Wave in which writer/director Dennis Gansel wonderfully exposes the human psyche and seduction that comes with fascist thinking and ideals. Visibly, you watched the effects this project has on the students and others around them each day budding at a gradual pace towards something powerfully dangerous. SouthSide liked how this progression was quite subtle and sneaky rather than leaping out to smack you in the face. And, yes, there was that swell of national pride of being a part of The Wave (even this reviewer felt as the project reached its height at the latter part of the week) but you’ll also feel the fear of what happens to those not part of The Wave when the group starts viewing themselves being better than the rest. You sort of get the sense Rainer is blind to what’s happening but he’s not totally oblivious either because he too fears (towards the end of the movie) the potential danger where the project’s heading.

The Wave (shown in German with English subtitles) also has a couple of bonus features that SouthSide recommends viewing to get a better (and deeper) perspective about the movie. This reviewer highly recommends watching the interview with Ron Jones (history teacher and creator of The Third Wave experiment) who explains why and how the German populace could accept the actions of the Nazi regime during World War II and then view the “behind the scenes” which went into making The Wave.

SouthSide gives The Wave her 4 ½ thumbs up.

Until next time, support your local scene,


Thursday, April 2, 2015

27 Mar 15

“…it’s very sensual music …so loosen up…”

Hey, blogspot readers, it’s a global dance party for SouthSide’s first Friday night back around town!

Tonight, she’s getting her Reggae-world fusion with her new friend, Kreyol Roots at The Old Town School of Folk Music (inside the Szold Music & Dance Hall). However, for this exclusive adventure, she’s not only just listening and reviewing the music …she’s also grooving to a few new dance steps she learned blogspot readers.

So what really happens at a Global Dance Party? Well, besides meeting or making new friends, you get about thirty (30) minutes of real dance instruction to accompany the type of music you’re about to enjoy during the rest of the evening. So, it’s all about dancing …having some fun and a new learning experience. Tonight’s instructor before Kreyol Roots performed on “stage” was Margaret.

The dance instruction time consisted of loosening up the participants hips, stomach and butt with a few basic rhythmic African steps. One thing to know, blogspot readers, no prior dance experience is necessary …just the willingness to join the class and try something new and fun. And what a fun time it was! Moving the hips …shaking the bottom to the lively West African drumbeats …feeling the rhythmic spirit of the music until we were doing the dance steps on our own.

Now, that we were warmed up with our new dance steps, it was time for us to put the steps and music together while Kreyol Roots rockin’ the “stage”. This reviewer highly recommends checking out this local band’s eclectic fusion of guitar rock mixed with vibrant West African rhythms, Caribbean drums and melodic keyboard for soul. It’s the kind of music that truly encourages you to dance …not the just feel or listen to the music, blogspot readers, and you won’t be sitting on the sidelines too long. The rhythmic floetry kept SouthSide’s feet tapping to the beat and her hips swaying to the African sound. Don’t be afraid …the band wants you to feel your love for them and their music. Exciting …fresh and fun all around in which many of the participants (after some encouragement from the band) took to the dance floor. Yep, it was really a global dance party now! If you want to feel the sensual rhythms of world fusion that will keep you dancing, then SouthSide highly recommends checking out Kreyol Roots at the band’s next live performance. And you don't have to take SouthSide's word ...her teen daughter enjoyed herself though not wanting to dance. For more information, visit

Other upcoming Global Dance Party events will feature Cajun music by Feufollet (on April 3), the rare combination of Calypso, reggae and acoustic instrumentation by Kobo Town (April 10) or music from Cuba’s Golden Age of the 40s and 50s by Los Perros Cubanos (April 24). For more information and tickets, visit


Until next time, support your local scene,


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April 2015

Hey, blogspot readers, SPRING is here and it's time to hit the streets ...roam around town and see a show (or few) as the weather and music scene heats up for a great summer of shows/events happening in Chicago and elsewhere...

All shows listed for April are 21+ unless noted otherwise.

Have fun!

April 1:
Double Door – Check out live performances by Jollys with Sex Snobs (from OKC), Post Animal and Basement Family.
8p / $5 adv / $7 dos

Smart Bar – [synthetic] with Boy Alberto and Lolly Gagger with B-Side (Unofficial Clean Bandit After Party)
10p / FREE

April 2:
Arcada Theatre – Rock out with Randy Bachman when he performs the music of BTO (Bachman-Turner Overdrive) and The Guess Who!

Hideout – Check out the live performances by Van Allen Belt with Moritat and KO

Reggie’s Music Joint – It’s Katrina of Katrina & The Waves “Walin’ On Sunshine” fame who will be rockin’ this venue along with The Handcuffs and The Injured Parties.
7:30p / $10

April 3:
Double Door – Kick off your weekend by rockin’ with Mighty Fox, Soft Speaker, Common Shiner (catch this band before they leave the scene) and Hidden Hospitals.
$7 adv / $10 dos

Door No.3 – It’s Absolutely Not performing live with A Giant Dog (Austin, TX), Le Tour and Rat Hammer
FREE / 9p

Empty Bottle – Moon opens for Lieutenant and Yukon Blonde
9p / $15

The Endzone Bar & Grill (Aurora, IL) – It’s Ruptura, Sinister Fate and Vicious Attack rockin’ this stage.
9p / $6

April 4:
Reggie’s Rock Club – It’s a Record Fair that will feature the world’s only traveling record show with collectors of all ages.
11a – 4p / $3 / AA

The Diabetes Empowerment Center (Division and California) – Muevete! Move for Life season kick-off with raffles, refreshments, entertainments and physical activity for all ages.
12p / AA / FREE

David Yow will host the premiere of Records Collecting Dust – a documentary film about the music and records that changed our lives featuring sound bites from Jelio Biafra, Keith Morris, Nick Oliveri and more. A “Q & A” will follow the showing.
6:30p / AA / Donation for entry

Double Door – Attend the Adopt-A-Bulls …a PAWS Chicago Bull Breed Adoption Event featuring Danielle Colby of History Channel’s “American  Pickers” to raise awareness and save the lives of more than a dozen Bully Breed dogs.
12p / FREE

Double Door – The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby presents its annual Spaghetti Wrestling with DJ Vader and DJ All the Way Kay.
8p / $10 adv / $15 dos / $20 VIP

Durty Nellie’s – Get sauced, blogspot readers, with Hot Sauce Committee when they bring “Boy Band Night” to you …from NYSNC to Boys II Men, Justin Timberlake and more.

Underground Lounge – It’s pre-Easter rockin’ fun with Johnny Automatic, Butchered, The Winderness (Denver, CO) and Seasonal Men’s Wear at this Chicago Punk Show.

Bungalow Joe’s (Hanover Park, IL) – Badge brings all of its Cream-ness to the stage at this venue.

Elbo Room – Rock with Along The Parallel, Daylight Dawns and How To Fight Gods

April 5:
Thalia Hall – Hey, kids, check out this Easter Egg Hunt …prizes will be from Thalia Hall, Dusek’s Punch House, Knee Deep Vintage and more
12p / AA / FREE

April 6:
Piazza Di Porta Magglore Roma (Rome, Italy) – celebrate Pasqueta ComTram Tracks (Easter Monday with Tram Tracks)

Empty Bottle – Rock with Crown Larks Mines Record Release featuring Secret Means of Escape and Columba Fasciata

GRANDBAR – Get your fill of Libations with The Devilocks (Misfits tribute band), Goth Paul and Peter Propaganda

April 7:
Elbo Room – Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter Sean Burns is releasing his 4 th album “Rocket Ships and Lemon Trees” and will appear at this venue with Kristopher Ulrich

Door No.3 – It’s going to be a HOT FABITAT birthday celebration with sets by resident DJs Adam El and Ldy Prblms with special guest (and birthday boy) Nevin Hersch (Berlin Nightclub) and drag performances by Lucy Stoole and Curlene Ribbon.
9p / FREE

Martyrs’ – Honey & the 45s will be opening for a funky Austin, TX band – Tbird & The Beaks! SouthSide has been told to warn you – bring your dancing shoes to this hot show.

April 9 – 23:
AMC River East 21 Theatres – 31st Chicago Latino Film Festival

April 10:
Auditorium Theatre – Spend “An Evening With The Roosevelts” starring Lorretta Swift and Ed Asner.

Fulton Street Collective (Fulton and Damen) – Guess what …”You’re A Piece of Work”! Simply show up with your work at 6p and then choose where your work will hang …network and socialize while enjoying live music, drinks and appetizers.
You must rsvp by April 8 at
Space is awarder – first come, first hang!

Double Door – Sweetwater Sessions will feature live performances by Old Shoe, The Way Down Wanderers, and Bones Jugs N Harmony
8p / FREE with rsvp on

Door No.3 – It’s Soft Leather featuring DJ CJ National, Teen Witch Fan Club, Deathface and House of Szechuan.
10p / FREE

Wire (Berwyn, IL) – It’s Pink Floyd night with In The Flesh “the premier Pink Floyd tribute” band.

Underground Lounge – Armored Assault shares the stage with Act of Destruction, Crusade and Born Under Burden
8p / $7

Windy City Inn (2257 W. Irving Park) – This duo promises it will be “The Best F*cking Night of Your Life” featuring 3 live sets by Berto and The Lizard.

Martyrs’ – Rock out with The Future Laureates, Ay Oh, Jarryd Scott Steimer and Kiernan McMullan
8p / $10 adv / $12 dos

Liar’s Club – This Chicago Punk Show will feature The Tromatons, Get Up & Go!, The Timmys and 80 Proof Preacher

Cobra Lounge – It’s Feed Me To Monsters sharing the stage with Blackbox and Guardrail.

Dutch Inn West (Elgin, IL) – it’s High Priests along with Boxsledder, The Pastaways and Nine Eyed Lion rockin this stage.
8p / $5

The Mid – Rain Man makes his Chicago debut performance with a special guest.

Q Bar (Darien, IL) – Check out Frank Viele as he performs live with Allen, Mack, Myers and Moore.

Debonair Social Club – It’s Killwave, The Walking Shadows and Goodnight Criminals performing live on stage here.
8p show / 18+ / $10

Art Institute of Chicago - Attend this museum's  Aft Dark series featuring the exhibit "Ireland:Crossroads of Art & Design, 1640-1840" in the Modern Wing (enter at 159 East Monroe St) ...enjoy live DJ performances, complimentary appetizers and cash bar ...celebratory pint of Guinness and see the winning design of the Threadless "Shatter Rupture Break" challenge.
$30 GA / $20 members / $15 evening members
9p - midnight

April 11 & 12:
Rock Bar Theatre (San Jose, CA) – It’s Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear Fest Evil Carnival …this event will feature an authentic freak show, games and hearse car show (including Kirk’s ’36 Ford and crypt) as well as vendors all weekend long. Plus gore and metal guest panels and band signings featuring special appearances by Corey Taylor, Slash, Sara Karloff, Bela Lugosi Jr, Ron Chaney and many more
GA tickets are still available

April 11:
Local 130 Plumbers Union Hall - It’s the 13 th Annual CHIRP Record Fair and Other Delights.
8a – 10a Early admission ($25 with readmission allowed all day long)
10a Regular admission $7 (or $5 with a Records Fair flyer or ad)

Concord Music Hall – Get groovy with Papadosio featuring Alex Grey and Allyson Grey.
18+ / doors 8p

Double Door – Riotfest showcase will feature Show You Suck with Gut Rot and 100 Trill performing live at a rare ALL-AGES show inside this venue!
6p / $7 adv / $10 dos / AA

Milk Pail Banquets (East Dundee, IL) – Attend The  John Emerson Memorial and Benefit show featuring The Smoking Popes, The Mons, Rapids, The Turdles, The Bigger Empty, and Oil Can Boys.
6p / AA / 21+ to drink (with ID) / $20 donation

Tonic Room – The New Switcheroo (try saying that band fast five times) will be celebrating the release of their debut LP “Heartless Sky”

The Abbey Pub – It’s Covenant with The Labrynth and DJ Scary Lady Sarah at this venue.
7:30p / 17+ / $16 adv / $20 dos

The Burlington Bar – Rock  out with Control, The Idle Rich and Miles!

Harte's Saloon (Evergreen Park, IL) - check out this live performance by The Hot Jupiters!

April 12:
Jesse's Tavern (Chicago Ridge, IL) - It's Sunday Funday at this venue with Tom Leach & Friends featuring a Bloody Mary Bar with Kickstart and Craft Beer Tasting.

April 13:
Door No.3 – Enjoy an evening of Bebop Jazz during this Thelonious Monday with DJ RB Green
7p / FREE

April 14:
Elbo Room – Celebrate Wormwood Collective’s 4 years of Poetry and Absinthe …here’s to more years of spoken word and performance art, blogspot readers!

April 15:
Double Door – Ghetto Youths International presents “Set Up Shop Volume 2” Tour featuring live performances by Cham, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Ellis, Jo Mersa, Black Am I and Simmer Down DJs
7p / 18+

April 16 – 19:
Various locations – Chicago International Movies & Music Festival featuring 99+ films, and 99+ bands within 4 days!
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Various locations – Lake FX Summit + Expo …a free 4-day event with networking opportunities, music and film showcases and much more.

April 16:
Old Town School of Folk Music – It’s “bring a book, take a book” Book Swap. The 1 st 100 swappers will get a Chicago Reader book tote …please NO dirty, musty, or torn books …NO legal, technical, encyclopedias, religious etc books
6p to 9p

Elbo Room – Free Spirited Inc presents “Free Beginnings” featuring live performances by The Omni Rose, Mike Zabrin and more
7p show / $10

April 17:
H.O.M..E. Bar (Arlington Heights, IL) – Model Stranger will open for Local H

Underground Lounge – Rock out with Of Wolves, Faces of the Bog, Huntsmen and Snow Burial
9p / $5 adv / $7 dos

Cobra Lounge – Try handling this hot lineup if you can – Silver Abuse, Hotlips Messiah, Vortis and Cathy Santonies

The Green Room (The Abbey Pub) – Check out Matt Wilke’s Ghost, Andrew Robert Palmer and A Dozen Places performing here live.

Aragon Ballroom – GRIZ “Say It Loud” world tour featuring sets by Exmaq and Artifakts will be stopping here.

Reggie's Music Joint - Pale Green Stars bring their "The Things We Don't Talk About" tour 2015 and its brand of super high throttle punkadelic pandemonium ...and more to Chicago.

April 18:
Record Store Day …support your local record store …find great one-day only deals and in-store concerts!

The Ancona School (4770 S. Dorchester) – Attend the 3 rd Annual Diversity Symposium – Dimensions in Multicultural Education: Gender Identity & Expression, a symposium examining what can be learned by intentionally creating a diverse and inclusive learning community working for social change. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Brandon Hill, PhD, Executive Director Ci3, University of Chicago with Jane Merrill (Center on Halsted) and more.
$30 GA / $20 educators/students

Reggie’s Music Joint – Rock with Lucky Boys Confusion, Swizzle Tree, Mason’s Case, Bury Me In Lights, Unwed and Aly Jados
8p / 17+

Donald E. Stephenson Convention Center – Life In Color “The World’s Largest Pain Party” will feature Bingo Players, DVBBS and 3LAU
7p / 17+

Metro – Be fashionably seen while dancing til dawn at NOCTURNA …this Gothic spring event will feature the lovely mistress spinning EDM and more, DJ Scary Lady Sarah.
11p / 18+ / $10

Underground Lounge – Cancersmash …celebrate Erik Oldman’s birthday and the return of Sons of Ra to the stage while supporting a great cause. ALL proceeds will go to support the Cancersmash Walk N Roll Team (walking/rolling on Saturday April 25) to be donated to American Cancer Society.

Lizards Liquid Lounge - r/chicago community showcase featuring live performances by aboveandbelow, Arc Impulse Bad Bad Meow, One Season, Pink Monkey, The Roarer and Sure Fire Groove.
7p / $5 donation

April 19:
Double Door – Fly America presents – Mark Battles and Derek Luh performing live on stage!
7p / AA / $15

April 20:
Rock out with The Ivorys, Repeat Repeat, Sleepy Kitty and The Van Goghs
7:30p / $8 / $5 with rsvp on

April 21:
SouthSide turns another year along with Rob Smith (The Cure) Iggy Pop, Queen Elizabeth …it’s her real birthday!

Red Line Tap – Check out Top Shelf Lickers as this local band rocks the stage during IPO (International Pop Overthrow) along with The Fox & The Hounds, Homer Marrs, The Excellent Adventure, No Love For Linus, Mike Vanderbilt and The Suburban Garage Sound

April 22:
Door No.3 – it’s another edition of FABITAT with resident DJs Adam El and Ldy Prblms with drag performances by Lucy Stoole and Curlene Ribbon
9p / FREE

Double Door – it’s another Sweetwater Session featuring live performances by cLOUD 9, Zaramela, Midwest Hype and Blaise B
8p / FREE with rsvp on

April 23:
Celebrate Throwback Thursday with Honest Colin as Green Day (performing Dookie Album), Bicycle Tricycle as Tommy James and The Shondells, The Midnight Special as Steely Dan and Guns & Ammunition as The Ramones!
8p / $8 / FREE with rsvp on / $18 VIP

April 24:
Double Door – Get your Electro Reggae Jam 03 on, mon …featuring Down Sound, DJ Ringo, Kinky P with special guests Fada Dougou, Zion Iyahbinghi, Brazil and live dancers …hosted by Cosmos Ray and MC Zulu.
9p / $8 with rsvp on / $15 door / FREE before 10p!

The Mid – Alison Wonderland makes her debut at this hip club in celebration of the debut album and world tour.

SPACE (Evanston, IL) – Joseph LeMay will be performing songs off his debut album “Seventeen Acres” while opening for Sean Watkins

April 25:
House of Blues (Chicago) – It’s Spandau Ballet’s “Soul Boys of the Western World” tour!

Reggie’s Rock Club – Get groovy with Passafire featuring Indigosun and Stranger
8p / 17+

Beat Kitchen – El Famous will be rockin’ and celebrating their album release along with Daylight Dawns, Eighty Six Happiness, The Streets and Sky Machine!

Subterranean – Dallas, TX band Dead Flowers bring their national tour here for some rock and fun!

The Mid – Celebrate Green Velvet’s Birthday with special guests Hannah Wants.

April 26:
Bada Brew (Crest Hill, IL) – Get your rock on when seeing Sworn Enemy with Wretched, Dark Sermon and Hammer Fight!

Door No.3 – It’s Sunday School Sessions …preaching to the soul of Chicago through house music with resident DJs Mathis Rousseau and Natural Selection.
10p / FREE

April 29:
Schuba’s – Rock out with Razorhouse along with The Great Crusades and Steve Stone

Door No.3 – ROUGE! Chicago’s Premier Night of Electro Swing with DJs Vourteque and Mr. Automatic and resident performer Lady Lennox.
9p / FREE

Red Line Tap – Check out Bang Tango performing live with Chronic Edge, Teeze and Kevin Lee & The Links
$7 adv / $10 dos

April 30:
The Second City: Up Comedy Club (230 W. North Av) – Chicago Dance Institute and World Wide Orphans are hosting an inaugural benefit featuring Improv All-Stars with cocktails, reception and comedic performances.

Sulzer Public Library – Spend an evening of enjoying classical guitar and more featuring performances by Ben McMunn, Adam Hendricks, Anne Waller, Brandon Acker, Joel Spears and Brian Torosian.

6p / FREE / AA

Until next time, support your local scene,