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Your Live Life: Chicago Fall Concerts

Posted on: September 23, 2011

As some of you know, I recently moved to Chicago from Washington, D.C. On a daily basis, I am shocked at the size of Chi-town, be it in number of residents or just the distance between two points. I moved to Ukranian Village, just off Wicker Park, aka Chicago’s Williamsburg. One of the benefits that comes with living in such a large metropolis is the excellent concert selection. This autumn delivers a hell of a line-up.

Below, see my picks for shows in the next two and a half months. Did I miss anything?

9/22 – Okkervil River – The Vic
9/22 – Laura Marling – Lincoln Hall
9/23 – They Might Be Giants – The Vic
9/23 – Beardyman – Double Door
9/23 – Liam Finn – Lincoln Hall
9/24 – Marnie Stern – Subterranean
9/24 – Block Party: Andrew Bird, Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones, Dosh and more – The Hideout
9/25 – Big D and The Kids Table – Beat Kitchen
9/25 – The Horrors – Lincoln Hall
9/26 – Beirut – Congress Theater
9/26 – The Low Anthem – The Empty Bottle
9/28 – The Rapture – The Metro

9/29 – James Blake – The Metro
9/29 – Fucked Up/Wavves – Logan Square Auditorium
9/29 – Panda Bear – The Vic

  • This is an exceptionally hard decision, and this scheduling conflict is likely the reason why none of these shows are sold-out yet. These are possibly the three hottest bands in the “alternative” circuit, and there’s certainly something for everyone this thursday night. For introspective bassheads, James Blake is your man. For literary thrash punkers, Fucked Up and Wavves will scratch that itch. And for meaningless hipster wanking, catch Panda Bear.

9/30 – Joan of Arc – The Hideout
9/30 – Dayglow – Congress Theater
10/1 – Wild Beasts – Lincoln Hall

10/1 – Ty Segall – The Empty Bottle

  • Our lack of coverage on Ty Segall is a glaring oversight. His impulsive approach to songwriting takes a cue from Guided By Voices or Lil’ Wayne based on sheer output alone. Also, this year’s Goodbye Bread will certainly be on many best-of lists. This is a must-see show.

10/2 – Pelican – The Empty Bottle
10/4 – Ladytron – The Vic
10/5 – St. Vincent – The Metro
10/6 – Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – The Metro
10/6 – Social Distortion/The Tossers – Congress Theater
10/7 – Helmet – Double Door

10/7 – Battles – The Vic
10/7 – Danzig Legacy: Misfits/Samhain/Danzig – Congress Theater
10/8 – Smoking Popes – Double Door – FREE
10/8 – Wild Flag – The Empty Bottle
10/8 – Descendents/Suicide Machines/Leftover Crack – Congress Theater

  • Another exceptionally stacked two day stint here in the Windy City. This weekend brings punk rock curators Riot Fest to the Congress Theater with a Glenn Danzig extravaganza on Friday and a Descendents/Suicide Machines reunion on Saturday. My teenage self is pretty jealous. Also, experimental post-rock juggernauts Battles bring their unique take on ice cream and war to the legendary Vic Theater. Also, emo-punk forefathers Smoking Popes will be playing a free show that Saturday night at Wicker Park’s Double Door. Lastly, former Sleater Kinney frontwoman Carrie Brownstien brings her newest band Wild Flag to The Empty Bottle. How will we ever fit this all in?

10/9 – Weezer – Congress Theater
10/9 – Wild Flag – The Empty Bottle
10/11 – Minus The Bear – The Metro
10/11 – Hindi Zahra/Dessa – Lincoln Hall
10/14 – Neon Indian – Lincoln Hall
10/14 – Dum Dum Girls – The Empty Bottle
10/15 – Portugal. The Man – The Metro

10/15 – Drivetrain – Beat Kitchen

  • I know nothing about this band, their name just reminded me of the late, great Charlie Pace. You all everybody, indeed.

10/19 – Boris/Tera Melos – The Metro
10/20 – The Field – The Empty Bottle

  • A forward thinking two days at The Metro and The Empty Bottle. Japanese post-rock maestros Boris and hardcore jazz nerds Tera Melos will be melting faces that Wednesday, while The Field will be sending out great electronic vibes that Thursday.

10/21 – The Lemonheads – Double Door
10/21 – Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lincoln Hall
10/25 – The Damned – The Metro
10/27 – Thrice – The Metro
10/27 – Method Man/Curren$y/Big K.R.I.T. – Congress Theater
10/28 – Gold Panda – The Empty Bottle
10/30 – Future Islands/Javelin – Lincoln Hall
11/3 – Blitzen Trapper/Dawes – The Metro
11/4 – Electric Six – Double Door
11/7 – Fu Manchu – Double Door
11/10 – Morrissey – Congress Theater
11/11 – Meat Puppets – Double Door

11/12 – Owen – Beat Kitchen – TWO SHOWS

  • Owen is so very Chicago and so very awesome. Mike Kinsella will be playing two solo record release shows that Saturday in support of Ghost Town. I just may be going to both of them.

11/23 – City and Colour – The Vic


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