Plenty of action going on this week, but first a reminder that the debut of the Bellwether Market and Music Festival is just around the corner! June 8th and 9th are the days to mark on your calendar. In addition to great vendors and food all day long there are some amazing bands to come check out. Bellwether features performances outside The Hideout and in the street by Tortoise’s Jeff Parker, The Paulina Hollers, Abraham Levitan, Ami Saraiya & The Outcome, Black Bear Combo, and the Low Down Brass Band. Plus, DJ sets by Damon Locks, Tony Sarabia, Peter Margasak, Reckless Records, and more! It will be a fun weekend in the sun!
Tonight we are excited to see Immediate Sound Series is presenting Jim Baker and the NRG Ensemblewho will be playing Sun Ra. This is also a book release celebration for Sun Ra/Ayé Aton: Interior and Exterior Space. The book is being released by special DJs for the night Corbett vs. Dempsey. Classy night to be sure!
Thursday, we are gearing up to have a dance party here with the great emerging Chicago artist Taught Abroad. Starting out the show is Hideout favorite’s Software Giant. Imagine Morriseey singing for Joy Division, with Les Claybool on bass and Kraftwork adding synths, that’s Software Giant. And starting out the night is K. Serra, the pet project of classically trained Rachel Thomas.
Friday, starting at 6, we have guitarist Bill MacKay (Darts & Arrows) who’s known for melodic songwriting that runs the gamut from folk to rock to avant-garde and baroque.
Later that evening, we are going a lo-fi bedroom pop here with a fantastic line-up! We have the enigmaticJimmy Whispers. Sounding like a mix of Daniel Johnston and Kirk Franklin, his obsessive lo-fi pop hymns are amazing. Opening is a Magic Milk, a rare band that writes songs about disappointment and terrible friends… that you can dance to. Names Divine rounds out the bill, from covers to originals the sound is de-tuned and re-tuned to imitate classic rock and roll records warped from baking in the sun for three generations. For this special performance we will have DJ sets by Bobby Burg.
Saturday, start your weekend recovery by coming to the Hideout Hangover Brunch. The food is always delicious and donations are certainly welcome!
Later that evening is Brent Puls. It takes only five tracks for the listener to learn Puls’ appeal—that his music is the lingering kind. Comforting, heroin soft and inescapably human, the release is akin to the jagged lines and splintered corners of city buildings blanketed in snow. Opening is Hello Death. Hello Death formed in 2010 when Nathaniel Heuer asked three Group of the Altos band mates to work on some dark folk material he had been writing. Each member brings an important voice. Starting things off is Forgotten Species. WhenForgotten Species collected a bunch of fuzz boxes and crusty tape delays and hooked all of it up at once in their dark and damp Chicago basement, songs happened. From the riot of cables and tortured signal chains, melodies bloomed in the gloom. From squawk and clang came pop.
And of course we have our Saturday Night Dance Party. This week, it’s Malt Shop! The spin 50’s, 60’s, and some 70’s music . Think The Temptations, The Miracles, Rick James, The Ojays, Four Tops, Danny and the Juniors, etc
Sunday we are closed.
Monday we have Robbie Fulks featuring Audrey Auld on this special Hideout staple.
Tuesday is the last day of the Chandeliers residency. For this for special final evening the band will be joined by members of CAVE and Bitchin Bajas. It’s been a great run and if you haven’t had a chance to see them, this would be a great night to do so.
Hope to see you soon!