Best shows to see: Gunplay, Nicole Mitchell, Jody, Mines | Bleader

Best shows to see: Gunplay, Nicole Mitchell, Jody, Mines


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  • Lucas Herzog
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Let's play "would you rather." Would you rather . . . bring in the summer with rain or with fresh music? What's that? The latter, you say? Then stay indoors, keep reading Soundboard, and don't take that Tree mixtape off repeat. Oh, and read on for this weekend's picks.

On Thursday, Robyn Hitchcock plays at City Winery and Far East Movement plays at Macy's, reminding us all that Far East Movement still exists.

Devendra Banhart headlines a show at Park West on Friday, while Los Angeles garage auteurs Detroit Cobras play at Double Door.

On both Saturday and Sunday Night, Bolt Thrower headlines sold-out shows at Reggie's that are completely worth your Craigslist money. Or if wildin' out to rickety psychedelia-hop is more your thing, catch Gaslamp Killer on Sunday at the Do-Division Street Fest.

And now, the Soundboard staff recommendations.

Thu 5/30: Gunplay at Double Door

Gunplay is "the tatted-up, dreadlocked blast of mayhem" in Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group, writes Miles Raymer. He is "the one who'll jump in on an otherwise sedate track or show and gleefully tear everything up—and do so with enough charm that you're happy to forgive the mess." He has "the kind of anarchic energy you might recognize from the works of ODB and Mystikal." He is also consistently in and out of jail, which makes any show he puts on while out a can't-miss event.

Fri 5/31: Nicole Mitchell's Ice Crystal at the University of Chicago's Logan Center

"When flutist and composer Nicole Mitchell moved to Los Angeles a couple of years ago to take a plum teaching job at UC Irvine, it was a serious blow to the local jazz community," writes Peter Margasak. "But Mitchell has hardly turned her back on the city where she made her name; in fact, judging from her recent discography you'd never know she left town. This weekend she's back to celebrate the release of Aquarius (Delmark), the superb debut from her Ice Crystal quartet, which includes three Chicagoans: vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Joshua Abrams, and drummer Frank Rosaly. This group is one of the contexts that allows Mitchell's improvisational depth to take center stage."

Sun 6/2: Mines at Hideout

"Since 2008 Bill Satek has been playing practically every basement, warehouse, and loft in the city with his experimental pop project Mines," writes Luca Cimarusti. "Through the years it's taken on a lot of forms: an electronic solo act, a noisy duo, a four-piece with two drummers, and its current rock-band setup with guitar, keyboard, bass, and drums. . . . The songs are surprisingly pretty and lush: cloudy layers of guitar and keyboard form dreamy psychedelic soundscapes that float by at laid-back tempos, punctuated with hooky, eccentric vocals." This show is a release part for Just Another Thing That Got Ruined.

Sun 6/2: Jody at Empty Bottle

"Local experimental pop producers The-Drum, aka Jeremiah Chrome and Brandon Boom, started that duo in late 2010 with the intention of making R&B, but before long they segued into moody, spaced-out psychedelic tracks equally indebted to The-Dream and Throbbing Gristle. But it was probably only a matter of time before Chrome and Boom gravitated back to R&B, and in early March they dropped Magique, their first collaborative EP with Chicago vocal group Jody—David Robertson, Khallee Standberry-Lois, Jeremiah Meece, and James King, aka the GTW," writes Leor Galil. "The two outfits click, especially on "Echoes" and "Floodin'," which meld The-Drum's warped nocturnal beats with splashes of sleek, bulbous synth straight out of early-90s R&B and slinky, sometimes drowsy whispers about sweet nothings and fragile hearts." This will be Jody's first show.

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