Show: Night Beats If the hype over Pitchfork and Lollapalooza has left you with little more than a low-level desire to own a Toyota or an unexplained craving for energy drinks, the post-psych glaze of Night Beats can sonically squeegee your heart, mind, and soul. This Seattle three-piece pairs hypnotic ooga-booga drums with the sort of incredible howling guitar solos you only wish you could be subjected to at Guitar Center.
Dinner: A Tavola Tiny Ukrainian Village storefront with an equally tiny but satisfying Italian menu and, arguably, the best gnocchi in town.
2148 W. Chicago Ave., 773-276-7567, atavolachicago.com
His curatorial side gets another airing via an excellent new vinyl-only release called Offstrings. Burke is one of four guitarists on the collection, and all of them will be performing tonight at the Hideout in celebration of the release.
This week's List of course has its fair share of recommendations, and there's also the great lineup at Wicker Park Fest to keep in mind. But in a city this big, you can always find more shows that warrant attention. Check out my day-by-day breakdown of the week's other notable happenings after the jump:
Much as I already miss Mick Dumke, at least I still get to read him:
Sixth Ward alderman Freddrenna Lyle wondered if food would be sold in the wee hours of the night “so people can have something to eat to absorb that liquor.”
Show: Spike & Mike Present New Generation Animation "These 19 short animations place a lower premium on grotesquery than the usual "Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation" package—most of them would be rated PG—but the artistic quality is as high as I remember from the Spike & Mike imprimatur in its heyday," writes Cliff Doerksen.
Dinner: Cafe Orchid "When Kurt Serpin says he’s cooking Ottoman cuisine, he doesn’t mean the extravagant feasts of the sultans, but he is talking about the traditional Turkish cuisine that evolved from the sultans’ expansive palace kitchens," writes Mike Sula.
1746 W. Addison St., 773-327-3808, cafeorchid.com
By far the classiest thing that's ever happened to the Fireside Bowl is being profiled in the New York Times. The punk landmark has cleaned up its act considerably since owner Jim Lapinski committed the blasphemy of renovating it in 2004, turning it back into an actual functional bowling alley, but House Call talent buyer and all-around great guy John Benetti has brought music back to the Fireside—albeit not for the first time and still on a much smaller scale than during the place's glory days. Benetti booked the current summer series, which so far is just Tuesday nights.
Speaking for Chicago music journalists, I have to say it's nice to see that Brian Peterson of MP Productions—who booked God knows how many shows at the Fireside during its heyday—is just as unwilling to talk to the Times as he is to humble local rags.