by Tosten Burks
Also this weekend, Chicago Ribfest hosts two stages of live music (one sponsored by the Reader). The Features and Mucca Pazza headline Friday, California Wives and Jason Isbell headline Saturday, and We Were Promised Jetpacks and Bobby Bare Jr. close out Sunday.
Friday, Reggie's hosts a blues fest of its own, the Chicago Women in Blues Festival. Featuring more than a dozen female blues singers, it will honor Koko Taylor's charity work.
Darren Criss plays House of Blues on Saturday, prompting me to learn via Google that Glee is still on TV. Also, Chicago free-jazz bassist Joshua Abrams leads a quartet at Constellation. On Sunday, handlebar shunners Flobots play at Mayne Stage. Oscar winner Glen Hansard plays at Metro.
More Soundboard picks after the jump:
Peace, a young group from Worcester that the British music press can't stop talking about, is the type of band that "would put a ten-minute song based on a histrionically psychedelic extended guitar solo as track number two on their breakout release, last year's EP Delicious—a fantastically crazy idea, especially these days," writes Miles Raymer. "Their recent full-length, In Love, combines snappy songwriting with the druggy weirdness of Clinic and the shambolically hedonistic, beat-dense sound of the shaggy bands who sprang up in the footsteps of the Happy Mondays a couple decades ago."
"The Stranglers belong in the tiny and diminishing elite of great first-wave UK punk bands to neither burn out nor fade away," writes Monica Kendrick. "Jean-Jacques Burnel's lyrics have a bluesy, fatalistic quality, but no matter how bleak or jaded the music's surface, the burble of Dave Greenfield's keyboards suggests blood and adrenaline racing beneath it." These guys have been doing this since the mid-70s, so don't count on them touring again anytime soon.
The early !!! single "Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story)" aimed to "re-create the sound and (more crucially) the feel of house music using a large live band—its nine-minute meltdown of percolating percussion and hypnotic guitar drone was inescapable at dance parties at the time," writes Miles Raymer. "Since then the group has lost some of its single-minded focus on the dance floor and evolved into something like an experimental pop band that also happens to be deeply funky. The result is a heady, kaleidoscopic collage of house, disco, funk, and pop that recalls the likes of Todd Rungren and the Talking Heads."
"Nigerien singer and guitarist Omara 'Bombino' Moctar has hardly been reluctant to tailor his music to Western audiences, but his latest album, Nomad (Nonesuch), proves that not even working with a recognizable producer can make his music any less recognizable," writes Peter Margasak. "Nomad was produced in Nashville by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, who gave it a blown-out, organ-stoked sound without encroaching on Bombino's parched, nasal singing and stabbing, clipped guitar leads."