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Of course not every worthwhile show gets a Soundboard writeup—there are simply too many worthwhile shows, especially this time of year. For instance the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International and Chico Trujillo play for free tonight at 6:30 in Millennium Park. And drummer Frank Rosaly wraps up a residency with his Puerto Rican-inflected free-jazz trio, Bootstrap, on Tuesday evening at the Whistler.
Mon 6/25: Chandeliers and Golden Birthday at the Empty Bottle
Local quartet Chandeliers make their electronic pop the hard way, with complicated analog gear instead of software, but this perversity pays off. Miles Raymer calls their new Founding Fathers "one of the best-sounding albums I've heard in a while, full of deep, rich bass and ethereal but warm synth pads, which they apply to novel hybrids of a diverse range of styles—Krautrock, dub, new-agey ambient." Chandeliers' recent Blue Island, on the other hand, he describes as "more like the Cure's Pornography, if it were a 'riding around with friends with the windows down' record instead of a 'dress all in black and cry by yourself' record."
Tue 6/26: Death to All at House of Blues
Guitarist Chuck Schuldiner founded legendary death-metal band Death in 1983 and died of a brain tumor in 2001—a loss that might have been prevented, or at least delayed, if he'd had health insurance (or if the U.S. had a single-payer system). This Death to All tour is a benefit for Sweet Relief, a nonprofit that tries valiantly to fill the gaps in medical funding for musicians in need. As Monica Kendrick writes, "Seven members of Death from the band's four 90s albums—guitarists Paul Masvidal, Shannon Hamm, and Bobby Koelble, bassists Steve DiGiorgio and Scott Clendenin, and drummers Gene Hoglan and Sean Reinert, who's soldiering on despite a ruptured Achilles tendon—will be joined by vocalists Steffen Kummerer (Obscura) and Charles Elliott (Abysmal Dawn) and 'special guests' to plunder the band's rich 80s and 90s catalog."
Tue 6/26: Zammuto opening for Explosions in the Sky at the Chicago Theatre
"On his first solo album since he and Paul de Jong disbanded the Books, Nick Zammuto is still assembling chopped-up fragments of music into meticulous collages," writes Peter Margasak. "But on the recent Zammuto, he leaves behind the homespun, almost rustic feel of his previous band, turning the tone toward exuberant, poppy, and plastic."
Wed 6/27: Hot Guts opening for Running at the Burlington
"From the City of Brotherly Love comes Hot Guts' Edges, one of the darkest, coldest blasts of brooding postpunk ever to blow out of my speakers," says Luca Cimarusti. "Hot Guts' synthy darkwave is bleak and heavy enough to make Cold Cave sound like Washed Out."