ALARM’s editors and contributors share their weekend plans.
Thursday, October 23
Pillars and Tongues, Remindring @ The Hideout
Somber vocal harmonies emanate from aptly named Pillars and Tongues, an experimental trio whose creations exhibit mystical influences. As Remindring, multi-talented bassist Josh Abrams (Town & Country, Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble) lays out looped soundscapes with Emmett Kelly and Frank Rosaly.
Fucked Up @ Reggie’s Rock Club
Punk-rock misdirection artists Fucked Up hit Chicago two weeks after the release of The Chemistry of Common Life, the group’s follow-up full-length to Hidden World. This time around, Fucked Up’s material moves through more variety of atmosphere than your standard punk/hardcore, with peaceful, otherworldly intros and layers and layers of guitar. There’s less stop-start fury than Hidden World-more sheets of sound-so it will be interesting to see how this vigorous live act performs.
Coliseum starts North American and Japanese tour dates
Louisville hardcore staples Coliseum begin five weeks of performances today, hitting many cities in the USA as well as a few in Canada and Japan. The group doesn’t hit Chicago until Nov. 15, but there’s a good chance that it will be your city in the near future.
Friday, October 24
Ears & Eyes Festival @ The Hideout
With three outstanding weekend shows at The Hideout, independent jazz/avant-garde label Ears & Eyes Records celebrates its third annual Ears & Eyes Festival. The performances feature groups on the Ears & Eyes roster as well as other local standouts and friends of the label, and one such outside artist, Brooklyn’s Parts & Labor, headlines this first night with a catchy mix of indie rock and electronics.
The six-artist, six-hour show also includes bass-and-drums rock duo Black Ladies and free-rock guitarist Tobin Summerfield, but the biggest highlight might be the collaboration between Sunfish Ensemble guitarist David Daniell and Tortoise cofounder/bassist Doug McCombs.
Voodoo Experience begins @ New Orleans’ City Park
With a massive three-day lineup that can only really be explored at thetenthritual.com, New Orleans’ Voodoo Experience celebrates its 10th anniversary. If you’re in the Big Easy on Friday, the fest’s first day, be sure to catch DeVotchKa, Reverend Horton Heat, The Gutter Twins, Man Man, Extra Action Marching Band, and Andre Williams.
There are hundreds of bands playing at the dozens of CMJ venues on Friday, the festival’s second-to-last day, but we had to single out Norway’s Shining at Cake Shop (and again at Knitting Factor on Saturday). The post-prog jazz-rock experimentalists return to New York, one of three cities on their first US tour earlier this year, and it might be a while before they return. If you’re in NYC, do yourself a favor and check them out (and pick up Grindstone on Rune Grammofon).
The night’s other highlights include sBACH, An Albatross, Akimbo, Phosphorescent, Sole and the Skyrider Band, and Broken Social Scene.