Ane Brun, Nadastrom, De La Soul & More: Chicago Venue Menu May 21 – 27

Chicago Venue Menu May 21 through 27

After the gorgeous weekend we just had, I’m not even going to hate on the temperature drop and overcast skies today. I hope your weekends were filled with fun and you were able to get your grill on.

As per usual, we’ve got some awesome shows coming to our city and I’ll even be at one or two of them. Also, next weekend, May 26th, The L Stop (who I also write for) is celebrating their first anniversary and the party should be hella fun. We’ve even got Red Hot Annie, one of Chicago’s premiere burlesque dancers, who will be providing some entertainment for the evening. Get your tickets now and note that the price of admission (be it VIP or regular) includes a three hour open bar. Grab your tickets now!

Download the Chicago Venue Menu Podcast for May 21-27 (right click “save as”)

Monday Picks:

Lee “Scratch” Perry, Subatomic Soundsystem, Illuminati Congo, Impala Sound Champions @ Lincoln Hall

Icky Blossoms with Fools Gold @ Schubas

I’m really psyched to hear the Icky Blossoms since Sarah Bohling of Tilly and the Wall is in the band and Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio and Maximum Balloon produced their upcoming self-titled debut. Grab a free track from their website.

Tuesday Picks:

M. Ward @ The Vic

Opposites with Bully in the Hallway, T’Bone and Costanza @ Fireside Bowl

Chicago’s own Bully in the Hallway are letting you name your own price for a download of their most recent album, Crooks and their Castles.

Gemma Ray opens for Ane Brun @ Lincoln Hall

I am so excited to be going to this show – Ane Brun is an incredible performer. Check out her cover of “Joga” during the 2010 Polaris Music Prize tribute to winner, Bjork:

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Beautiful Song But My Face Won’t Stay Dry for Ane Brun’s “Worship” Video

I’m still learning a lot about myself these days, but there are a few things I know very well: If a video has animals or old people hurting in any way, I will cry. I can’t step foot into a Humane Society because the last time I did, I could barely catch my breath from sobbing at the thought of not being able to save all of the dogs and cats. I cry when I think about The Giving Tree, too. Apparently I cry a lot.

So, the second I started up Ane Brun‘s “Worship” video and saw an old, sick man – I went into, ASPCA-commercial mode and popped open a new window so as to shield myself from whatever painful things this character was going through.

The song itself, featuring Jose Gonzalez, is really quite beautiful. I love the violins in the background combined with some of Brun’s lilting vocals.