Alright … this is a sparse list of to-dos. Why do I not know anything about what’s going on this weekend?! Hey venues — I know it’s summer, but it wouldn’t hurt to update the ol’ website once in awhile (Lulu I’m looking at you) or get the right information out to the press about your shows so that the Shepherd Express doesn’t write about the supporting act like it’s the headliner (Stonefly!). Don’t make me have to think about shamelessly self-promoting one of my own gigs that happens to be at Live on North on Friday night … oops.
So here are a couple of Friday shows that I actually received information on. If y’all know of anything else cool happening this weekend, hit me up via email Thanks! -AL
Friday, July 31
Signaldrift + Rich Dad + Pressboard + Made of Oak @ Cactus Club, 2496 S. Wentworth Ave. 10 p.m.
The experimental electronic duo Signal Drift is joined by fellow sonic searchers Pressboard and Rich Dad (a pair of CoCoBees side projects) and also Made of Oak, the solo project of Nick Sandborn of the Headlights and Decibully. “Esoteric” is the word that comes to mind; you’ll get quite familiar the tops of your shoes Friday night at Cactus.
The Nicotine Fits + Empty Heads + The Anasazis + Crappy Dracula + Crappy Dracula @ Frank’s Powerplant, California & KK, 10 p.m.
It’s loud, unforgiving, unapologetic DIY garage punk from across the United States. The Nicotine Fits are in from Colorado; they share a similar sound with Chicago bill-mates Empty Heads, which can be described as two-chord abrasiveness in so many words. San Diego’s The Anasazis take a more Beach Boys/Magnetic Fields-approach to the garage component. And if you don’t know about Milwaukee hosts Crappy Dracula, you’d best ask somebody.
Sunday, August 2
Group of the Altos + Night Owl + White Problems @ Cactus Club, 2496 S Wentworth, 10 p.m.
Group of the Altos have a lot of instruments and the chops to use them appropriately. Night Owl came all the way here from Quebec City. White Problems have an impressive pedigree and some incendiary new cds and t-shirts. Don’t sleep on this one.