Sometime Chicago Reader cover model David Bazan plays the Green Music Fest on June 27, but if you can't wait till then to ogle his beardedness, lucky you, the Dave Bazan iPhone app was released last week. It'll keep you up to date on all things Bazan: photos, videos, interviews, tour dates, major religious changes of heart, and the like. It's only 99¢ at the iTunes store. Talk about summer savings!
Do you ever get thirsty? Do you like getting drunk? Are you tired of drinking beers that are total strangers to you? On July 6, Pelican guitarist Laurent Lebec, a manager and bartender at Big Star, and Ben Fasman, a longtime music publicist turned Big Star mixologist, will be leading an educational beer tasting at Red & White, 1861 N. Milwaukee, from 6 to 9 PM. According to Fasman, they're "going to talk a lot about gueuze and spontaneous fermentation."
Like that Wall of Voodoo sound, but tired of all your Wall of Voodoo records? Local duo Locks just dropped their new album Suicides Don't Commit Themselves, which, according to the band—Theo Katsounis, who drums in Joan of Arc, A Tundra, and Todd Rittmann's D. Rider, and Patrick Scott, who's toured with Subtle as a soundman and run monitors for Neko Case, among other gigs—is heavily influenced by the work of WOV guitarist Marc Moreland. It came out last week on vinyl and via download; their self-directed video for the track "That Will Never Get Blood Out of a Clown Suit" features a cameo by Tim Kinsella yanking on his own hair.
Do you enjoy sitting on blankets and feeling the grass between your toes? Do you enjoy the fuck out of Ravinia once you're there but get all Howard Hughes riding the Metra? Evanston's annual summer Starlight Concert Series is heating up over the next few weeks . . . along with the weather! Upcoming events include appearances by raw R & B legend Andre Williams (Thursday, June 24), swinging Texas honky-tonker Wayne "the Train" Hancock (Thursday, July 1) and much-buzzed-about Milwaukee funkateers Kings Go Forth (Tuesday, July 20). The Williams and Hancock sets are at James Park (Dodge and Milford) and Kings Go Forth is at Dawes Park (Sheridan and Church). All events are free and begin at 7:30 PM.
Christa Meyer (ex-Puerto Muerto) debuted her new collaboration with cellist Ben Kulp, Man is Man, earlier this month on MySpace. Their first tracks are baroque art-pop featuring Meyer on vocals and autoharp. The duo plays the Logan Square Boulevard Bash with Jon Langford on July 10.
Twista's new single hit the airwaves last week, premiering courtesy of DJ Pharris on Power 92 FM—just in time for summer! "I Do," purportedly the first single from the Chicago rapper's upcoming album, The Perfect Storm, was produced by Twista's longtime foil The Legendary Traxster. The album is due out in November, just in time for winter, around the same time a 90-minute documentary about Twista by Vlad Yudin (Big Pun: The Legacy) is scheduled to premiere.