After the jump I'll be running through the Reader's Soundboard recommendations for the next couple days, but I also want to underline a show nobody managed to write up: Doomsday Student, Tinsel Teeth, Oozing Wound, and Spanyurd at the Empty Bottle for free on Monday. Doomsday Student consists of three-quarters of the late great Arab on Radar—front man Eric Paul, guitarist Stephen Mattos, and drummer Craig Kureck—plus guitarist Paul Vieira, who plays with Paul and Kureck in the Chinese Stars. You may also recall some discussion of Oozing Wound and Spanyurd in these very pages.
Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux has husky voice and a blunt, tightly coiled flow that's a model of rhythmic economy. On her latest album, La Bala, she often uses a full complement of strings and horns, not just beats and samples—a juxtaposition that works especially well on "Shock," an angry tune that became an anthem for student protesters in Chile. Tijoux shares the bill with Malian guitarist Sidi Toure, and of course this show is free.
"Since Chicago's not an industry town like LA or Nashville, we don't get many opportunities (outside of the jazz scene) to see a bunch of professional-caliber musicians get up onstage and dick around," writes Miles Raymer. "Get some hired guns and sidemen (and sidewomen) in a room together, and even playing off the cuff they'll operate at a level that surpasses what most bands can do by really trying. Thankfully we have multi-instrumentalist Leroy Bach, who's well-known for his work for the likes of Wilco, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, and Liz Phair, but who's best loved around town for his blazing, improv-heavy performances alongside fellow local pros."
Tue 7/24: Magic Milk at Subterranean
Kenny Alden used to play Magic Milk's minimalist, psych-tinted garage rock all by himself, but these days he has a real live trio. And as a front man, "He's just as huge a weirdo as he was solo—he likes to let loose, shall we say, and has no problem admitting that his pants will probably come off during any given show," writes Kevin Warwick. " Magic Milk opened for the Mind Spiders a few months back and stole the Denton dudes' thunder, whipping the crowd into such a rowdy frenzy that it apparently convinced Alden's brain he'd been simultaneously possessed by out-there genius John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees and the flamboyant, rock 'n' roll side of Jerry Lee Lewis."