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What do Yes, King Crimson, Roy Harper, Savoy Brown and Genesis have in common? They all have, to varying degrees, employed Bill Bruford on drums, which is always a great decision. From the three gigs he played with Savoy Brown in 1968 to his three separate tours of duty with King Crimson, Bruford has brought the skills of a great jazz drummer and rock power to some of the most challenging rock music of the past four decades. While Bruford made his reputation as one of the great prog rock sidemen, he also lead his own projects, like Earthworks, constantly exploring and challenging himself as an instrumentalist. He never drew attention to himself, which might be why he was so effective in so many bands. Let’s pay tribute to Mr. Bruford by grabbing your iPod or MP3 player, hitting shuffle and sharing the first 10 songs that come up.
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Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Sons of Bill
Abbey Pub 9pm, 21+
The O'My's, Midwest Hype, Train Company, Mos Scocious
Beat Kitchen 9pm, 21+
Red, We As Human, Southbend Fearing
Bottom Lounge 7pm, 12- 21+
ShowYouSuck, The Whoevers, Que Billah, Shayna Love, Kidd Tha Chicagoan, FM Supreme, Jay 2 "The Kidd Classic", Duke, Cadillac Duke, Nino Punchlines
Double Door 8pm, 21+
The Hoyle Brothers
Empty Bottle 5:30pm, 21+
CHIRP welcomes Kristin Hersh to Old Town School of folk Music on Thursday, May 16. Hersh has released more than 20 records over her decade-spanning career, first as one of the frontwomen for Throwing Muses, then later with 50FOOTWAVE and as a highly regarded solo artist. Hersh has recently been releasing new songs each month via her website leading up to her next full-length album, Spark Meet Gasoline. The all-ages show begins at 8 PM with an opening solo set from oRSo. Visit oldtownschool.org for more info.
Not only is telekinesis the ability to move things with one's mind, it's also a mighty fine band out of Seattle, led by its lead singer and drummer, 26 year old Michael Benjamin Lerner. I had the pleasure of seeing he and his band a few years back at Beat Kitchen, and am definitely looking forward to this show.
His previous two records had many highlights, but the new album, Dormarion (Merge) is solid from end to end, characterized throughout by his high-pitched tenor that's wan but never wimpy. Check-out the power pop rock of the first two tracks, the atmospheric college radio rock of "Wires," the acoustic ballad "Symphony" and "Ghosts and Creatures," the first single. Although Lerner initially intended to record the entire album himself, it was recorded with Spoon drummer Jim Eno at his Public Hi-Fi studio in Austin, Texas (located on Dormarion Lane).
A great band to see live, on this tour the Telkinesis touring line-up will include Erik Walters of The Globes on guitar, Say Hi (To Your Mom)'s Eric Elbogen on bass and Rebecca Cole of Wild Flag and The Minders on keyboards. If you're looking for reference points, you can hear Shoes and Cheap Trick throughout, as well as some of Elbogen's Say Hi on "Dark To Light," The Mighty Lemon Drops on "Wires," The Knack and/or The Records on "Little Hill" and new wave group The Fixx, believe it or not, on "Ever True."
TIckets are $14.00 and can be purchased here.
Let’s pay tribute to the biggest star of the British folk rock movement, Donovan. Mr. Leitch started off in the thrall of Bob Dylan, but didn’t take too long to progress, both as a lyricist (for example, the great protest song “Universal Solider”) and composer (great pop songs like “Sunshine Superman” and “Wear Your Love Like Heaven”). He may have been the victim of Dylan’s contempt, as shown in the documentary Don’t Look Back, but Donovan carved out a very impressive and varied career. And, as of four or five years ago, he showed Chicago he still had his charm, charisma and talent. He played a show at Park West that got raves, and I saw him promote his memoir at the old downtown Borders and he told stories and played short versions of nine of his songs. Whatta guy! In honor of Donovan’s birthday, please grab your iPod or MP3 player, hit shuffle, and share the first 10 songs that come up.