100 Unheralded Albums from 2010

Among the thousands of under-appreciated or under-publicized albums that were released in 2010, hundreds became our favorites and were presented in ALARM and on AlarmPress.com. Of those, we pared down to 100 outstanding releases, leaving no genre unexplored in our list of this year’s overlooked gems.

What We’re Doing This Weekend: Friday

Thirsty Ear recording artists Blink. are a beacon in the already-bright future of Chicago’s avant-jazz scene. Between holiday parties, some of us will sneak out to see the group’s grooving creations of hard-hitting alternative jazz.

What We’re Doing This Weekend: Sunday

Why bother going to bed at a respectable hour? Stay up late with some of us on Sunday as we head to the Hungry Brain, a local bar that hosts a weekly avant-jazz series.

This week’s installment features a makeshift ensemble that includes Tortoise drummer John Herndon, members of jazzy post-rockers Algernon, the trombonist from jazz quintet Herculaneum, the bassist from experimental indie-jazz outfit Isotope 217, and more.

What We’re Doing This Weekend: Thursday

Whether or not one has off on Friday, Thursday night is the official start of the weekend — if only because there are too many good shows to see. One of those includes Chicago quintet Algernon, a psychedelic, jazz-tinged post-rock outfit that hits hard.

What We’re Doing This Weekend

Shining (Norway)

CMJ in New York, Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, four great nights at Chicago’s Hideout, — this weekend is packed. Shudder to Think, Shining, Coliseum, Fucked Up, The Eternals, sBACH, Deacon John, and Pillars and Tongues are all among our recommendations to catch live.