Students in the Intonation Music Workshop and MusicianCorps Chicago, organizations that provide instruction for young local musicians, have put together an outdoor music festival for kids, The Stars of Tomorrow Summer Spectacular. At this free daylong show, organized to celebrate the end of the school year, the bill features Intonation mainstays like Trace, the Pop Tots, and all-girl teen R & B group Fatal Attraction (in a new lineup), plus half a dozen other kid bands. Sponsored by the Chicago Park District, the festival is Saturday, June 12, from noon to 5 at Fosco Park Playground, 1312 S. Racine; it's free.
Local avant guitarist David Daniell has a new album, Knoxville, being mastered this week; it's a live recording of an impromptu set at the 2009 Big Ears Festival in Knoxville with Daniell, Christian Fennesz, and drummer Tony Buck of Australian band the Necks improvising. Daniell tells Gossip Wolf the album is slated for a September release on Thrill Jockey.
Caw! Caw!, the north-side quartet encouragingly described in their label's press release as "wastoids," drop their album Bummer Palace this week on Iowa-based Trust Tapes. Jim DeRogatis described the band as "gleefully tuneful," which is perhaps the best way to distinguish them from local noise trio Cacaw, who are gleefully un-tuneful.
Wicker Park quartet YAWN makes sparkly electro-pop perfect for remixing. Not coincidentally, the band released a free remix album on yawntheband.com last week, including tracks from local juke trio Starfoxxx and Germany's GROOVEHAHN. Yawn has begun showing up on major radar screens lately: the band's set at Fader Fort at SXSW got raves from NME and Pitchfork. They'll be playing the Empty Bottle May 29.
More Jawbreaker reissues are on the way, says drummer Adam Pfahler, who has been putting out the band's work on his Blackball label since its demise. Pfahler told Gossip Wolf this week that he has now acquired the band's entire catalog and will be offering remastered versions of Bivouac and 24 Hour Revenge Therapy (which was recorded in Chicago) with extra tracks and rarities. Unlike every other reissue in the history of contemporary punkdom, they do not presage a reunion. A documentary about Jawbreaker is several years into production, courtesy of the team behind the Minutemen documentary We Jam Econo.
Last weekend southern metal outfit Torche were the victims of a van break-in after their show at the Congress Theater supporting Coheed & Cambria. Losses included passports, laptops, personal effects, and thousands of dollars' worth of musical equipment. The band was forced to cancel the Canadian leg of its tour because of the missing IDs and is planning to play some house shows before rejoining the Coheed tour. Torche's label, Hydra Head, is soliciting donations via PayPal; info is available at hydraheadlines.blogspot.com.
The monthly metal mini-festival Metal Up Your Tap celebrates its second birthday at Red Line Tap (7006 N. Glenwood) on May 29 at 9 PM, with live-band karaoke and sets from proggy locals Arriver and Iowa black metallers Nethervoid. Since founding the event in 2008, booker Trevor Fisher has brought seriously heavy firepower to the Rogers Park venue, including appearances by Nachtmystium, Wastelander, and Bible of the Devil. Tickets are $5 at the door; it's 21 and over.
After his bridge-burning interview with the Onion last week, Austin city officials want to send mediocre poet Thax Douglas back to Chicago. To sweeten the deal, they're willing to include six corn dogs, a case of Diet Dr. Thunder and Kinky Friedman.