Shows We Recommend

July Shows We Recommend in Chicago & Atlanta

by That Guy on July 1, 2010

Well, Taste of Chicago is going full throttle at the beginning of July, and I’m still waiting for someone to tell me something other than how horrible it is. I’ve probably talked to 100 people about Taste of Chicago during my time here, and not one person has good things to say about it. Yet somehow it draws over 3 million people annually. You figure it out. It’s kind of like those survey results you see on the news. They always manage to survey tens of thousands of people, yet somehow I’ve never talked to anyone who has been surveyed. You’d think after 30 years on this earth and seeing thousands of survey results, I or someone I know would have been surveyed by now. They must be surveying the same people who love Taste of Chicago.

CHICAGO

Black Mountain / David Vandervelde – Lincoln Hall – 7/1

John Hiatt / Levon Helm – Ravinia Festival – 7/1

Skybox – Taste of Chicago – 7/1

Joe Pug – Fitzgerald’s American Music Festival – 7/2-3

Henry Clay People – Aragon Ballroom – 7/3

The Heavy – Taste of Chicago & Lincoln Hall – 7/3

Passion Pit / Alejandro Escovedo – Taste of Chicago – 7/4

Spoon – Old St. Pat’s – 7/10

Islands – Lincoln Hall – 7/12

Pitchfork Music Festival – Union Park – 7/16-18

Titus Andronicus – Subterranean – 7/16

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Drive-by Truckers – United Center – 7/17

The Local Natives – Lincoln Hall – 7/18

Patrick Park – Schubas – 7/20

Scott H. Biram – Double Door – 7/22

Tapes ‘n Tapes – Lincoln Hall – 7/22

Backyard Tire Fire – Double Door – 7/23

Langhorne Slim / Ha Ha Tonka – Lincoln Hall – 7/23

Heartless Bastards / Peter Wolf Crier – The Bottom Lounge – 7/24

Futurebirds / The Empty Bottle – 7/25

The Gaslight Anthem w/ Tim Barry / House of Blues – 7/27

The Dead Weather / Harlem – Congress Theatre – 7/30

Tift Merritt / Dawn Landes – Lincoln Hall – 7/30

Cotton Jones / The Parson Redheads- Schubas – 7/31

ATLANTA

Frontier Ruckus – Eddie’s Attic – 7/3

Heartless Bastards / Peter Wolf Crier – Masquerade – 7/6

Delta Spirit / David Vandervelde / The Romany Rye – Masquerade – 7/9

She & Him – Atlanta Botanical Garden – 7/9

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – Variety Playhouse – 7/10

Rooney – The Loft at Center Stage – 7/10

Joe Pug – Eddie’s Attic – 7/13

Chuck Prophet – Eddie’s Attic – 7/22

Clem Snide – The EARL – 7/22

Grace Potter And The Nocturnals – Variety Playhouse – 7/23

Chris Knight – Smiths Olde Bar – 7/24

Deer Tick / Dead Confederate / Futurebirds – Buckhead Theater – 7/31

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Ahhh, yes…it’s that time of year again. When a young man’s fancy turns to visions of over-served women enjoying live music as far as the eye can see. It’s festival season! It’s also that time of year in Chicago when you begin to feel the intense pressure of making the most of each sunny day, knowing that there are only about 75 of them per year. Well, here are some ideas of how to get out and enjoy that summer weather.‚ Just a ton going on this month in Chicago and Atlanta. No pressure.

CHICAGO

The Hood Internet / Jeremy Messersmith – “Do Division Street Fest” (Division & Damen) – 6/5

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit / Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons – Subterranean – 6/5

The Mother Hips – Schubas – 6/5

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit / Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons – “Do Division Street Fest” (Division & Damen)‚ – 6/6

She & Him – Millennium Park – 6/7

Matt Pond PA – Lincoln Hall – 6/8

Damien Jurado – Schubas – 6/9

Samantha Crain – Schubas – 6/10

The Dutchess and The Duke – Empty Bottle – 6/11

Freelance Whales / Peter Wolf Crier – Schubas – 6/11

John Butler Trio / State Radio – Riviera Theatre – 6/11

Great Lake Swimmers – SPACE – 6/12

Califone / Bottle Rockets / Generationals / Those Darlins – “Ribfest Chicago” (Damen & Irving Park) – 6/12

The Whigs / Langhorne Slim / These United States – “Ribfest Chicago” (Damen & Irving Park) – 6/13

Great Lake Swimmers – Millennium Park – 6/14

Marah – Lincoln Hall – 6/14

Hacienda – Martyr’s – 6/18

MGMT – Riviera Theatre – 6/18

Patty Griffin – House of Blues – 6/18

Delta Spirit / Ezra Furman & The Harpoons – Metro – 6/19

Buddy Guy / J.J. Grey & Mofro – Ravinia Festival – 6/19

Lucero – “Taste of Randolph Street” (Randolph & Halsted) – 6/19

The Love Language – “Taste of Randolph Street” (Randolph & Halsted) – 6/20

Mates of State / Free Energy – Lincoln Hall – 6/22

The Wooden Sky – Ronnys Bar – 6/23

Sleepy Sun – The Double Door – 6/24

Mason Jennings – Lincoln Hall – 6/25

“Crossroads Guitar Festival” (Clapton, Beck, Guy, etc.) – Toyota Park (Bridgeview) – 6/26

Maps & Atlases – Subterranean – 6/26

These United States w/ Thao and The Get Down Stay Down

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears / Hacienda – Lincoln Hall – 6/29

ATLANTA

Trampled by Turtles – Smith’s Olde Bar – 6/2

Free Energy / Jukebox the Ghost – The Star Bar – 6/3

Plants & Animals – The EARL – 6/5

Blitzen Trapper / The Moondoggies – Variety Playhouse – 6/9

Passion Pit / Tokyo Police Club – The Tabernacle – 6/9

Broken Bells / The Morning Benders – The Loft at Center Stage – 6/10

Jessica Lea Mayfield – The Star Bar – 6/12

Gringo Star – “Art B Que” – 6/12

These United States – The EARL- 6/17

Futurebirds – The EARL – 6/18

Mason Jennings – Variety Playhouse – 6/19

Modern Skirts / Skybox – The EARL – 6/19

Silversun Pickups / Henry Clay People – The Tabernacle – 6/19

Jeremy Messersmith – Smith’s Olde Bar – 6/23

Matt Pond PA – The EARL – 6/24

The New Pornographers / The Dodos / The Dutchess and The Duke – Variety Playhouse – 6/26

Marah – Smith’s Olde Bar – 6/29

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July Shows We Recommend in Chicago

by That Guy on June 30, 2009

July is a heckuva month to see live music in Chicago. With Festival Season in full swing, there’s a great show to see every weekend – and almost every night. Of course, Pitchfork Music Festival is in the middle of the month with an exceptional lineup, but there’s plenty more to tickle your fancy the rest of the month. Here are the shows we recommend. See you at the rock show.

White Rabbits – Empty Bottle – 7/1

White Rabbits – Percussion Gun

Gringo Starr – Schubas – 7/2

Gringo Starr – All Y’all

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks – The Bottom Lounge – 7/2

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks – Baltimore

Drive-By Truckers – Taste of Chicago – 7/4

Drive-By Truckers – Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife (Live)

Buddy Guy – Taste of Chicago – 7/4

Sunset Rubdown – Logan Square Auditorium – 7/7

Sunset Rubdown – Idiot Heart

Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears – Chicago Folk and Roots Festival – 7/10

Magnolia Electric Co. / The Donkeys – Schubas – 7/11

Magnolia Electric Co. – Josephine

The Donkeys – Walk Through a Cloud

Deep Dark Woods – The Hideout – 7/14

Deep Dark Woods – Hang Me, Oh Hang Me

Deer Tick / Dawes – Empty Bottle – 7/15

Deer Tick – Art Isn’t Real (City of Sin)

Dawes – When My Time Comes

Cymbals Eat Guitars – The Bottom Lounge – 7/17

Cymbals Eat Guitars – Wind Phoenix

Those Darlins – Schubas – 7/17

Those Darlins – Redlight Love (HearYa Live Session)

Various Artists – Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park – 7/17-19

Frightened Rabbit – The Bottom Lounge – 7/19

Frightened Rabbit – The Modern Leper

Blitzen Trapper – Empty Bottle – 7/19

Blitzen Trapper – Furr

Akron/Family – The Bottom Lounge – 7/24

Akron/Family – River

Elvis Perkins in Dearland / The Dodos – Subterranean – 7/25

Elvis Perkins in Dearland – Shampoo

Obits – Empty Bottle – 7/25

Obits – Pine On

Backyard Tire Fire – Wicker Park Festival – 7/26

Backyard Tire Fire – How The Hell Did You Get Back Here (HearYa Live Session)

Scott H. Biram – Empty Bottle – 7/26

Scott H. Biram – Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still Blue

Toad the Wet Sprocket – Park West – 7/27

Josh Ritter – Metro – 7/30

Josh Ritter – Good Man

What did we miss?

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