Justin Townes Earle, Childish Gambino, Maps and Atlasas: The Chicago Venue Menu May 7-13

Seriously, this weather is giving my immune system a one-two punch to the chest and it’s killing me! Hopefully you all are better rested and less congested than I and will be able to enjoy some of the great shows we’ve got coming our way this week. Download the Venue Menu podcast for May 7th – May 13th and check out more info below.

Monday Picks:

Yellow Phone Music Conference FREE @ Double Door Networking Event: Monday May 7 | Acoustic Performances | DJ Sets | Hosted Bar from 7-9pm

Black Dice @ Bottom Lounge

Tuesday Picks:

Jenny Owen Youngs @ Beat Kitchen

Sea & Cake with Golden Retriever @ The Empty Bottle

Wednesday Picks:

Lee Fields & the Expressions with the O’My’s @ Lincoln Hall

Childish Gambino @ The Riv

Thursday Picks:

Smoking Popes at the Doc Martin Store on Milwaukee

It’s free but there’s limited space so go to their Facebook page to find out more info and get there early!

Ty Segall with White Fence @ Lincoln Hall

Saturday Looks Good To Me, Wild Moccasins, Love of Everything @ Schubas

Justin Townes Earle @ Park West

Download: “Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now” (Courtesey of Bloodshot records) and listen to his visit to NPR’s World Cafe.

Friday Picks:

St. Vincent @ The Vic SOLD OUT

Check out Annie Clark’s interview with The Guardian where she talks about the music she grew up listening to. Also grab a free download of “Surgeon” here.

Maps & Atlastes, So Many Dynamos & Sister Crayon @ The Metro

VHS or Beta @ Empty Bottle

Saturday Picks:

Grouplove @ The Metro SOLD OUT

Father John Misty & Har Mar Superstar @ Schubas

Andrew Bird @ Auditorium Theater SOLD OUT

Electric Six @ Double Door

Quintron & Miss Pussycat @ Empty Bottle

Sunday Picks:

A celebration of Levon Helm @ Old Town School of Folk Music

Lambchop, Talib Kweli, Electric Guest and More: The Chicago Venue Menu for April 23-29

Venue Menu Ep 4

It’s another week of great shows and today also happens to be my birthday! By some miracle of Betty Ford, I did not spend any portion of my weekend throwing up, passed out on a bathroom floor or sobbing into a bag of flaming hot Cheetos. A total winner of a birthday!

You can download The Venue Menu Podcast for April 23-29 right here (right click “save as”) or subscribe to the podcast via iTunes.

Monday Picks:

Acid Mother’s Temple @ Empty Bottle

Eric Hutchinson with Anya Marina @ Lincoln Hall

Tuesday Picks:

Unicycle Loves You @ Empty Bottle

Lambchop @ Lincoln Hall

Jill Barber @ Schubas

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Trust, Tanlines, RJD2, Biggest Mouth & More: This Week’s Chicago Venue Menu Podcast

Chicago Venue Menu ep3Sorry for the late post every body but my shit has been cray cray lately! I’ve been busy shooting a web series and trying to keep up with, oh, you know, the work that actually pays my bills. Somewhat. Without further ado – here are my picks for the top concerts to get your ass to around Chicago this week. Download the podcast here or on iTunes.

Tuesday Picks:

Trust @ The Empty Bottle

Jessie Baylin with The Fray @ The Riviera

Portugal. The Man @ The Vic

Wednesday Picks:

Wednesday

Columbia College Chicago presents Biggest Mouth. FREE to the public. Find more info at Do312 @ Metro

Bear in Heaven, Blouse @ Schubas SOLD OUT ADDED Thursday show

RJD2 @ Lincoln Hall

Hanni El Khatib @ Empty Bottle

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The Chicago Venue Menu Podcast – Episode 1 (Concerts April 2nd – 8th)

Mia Casette Tattoo

Welcome to the Chicago Venue Menu podcast! As a music-lover, podcast maker and concert-goer, this is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. In the future, I hope to release these every Friday and will be making these available via iTunes in the next few days. Eventually, I’ll be bringing on special guests to join me and share their picks for the upcoming week in Chicago concerts. If you’re a publicist or band that wants to get in touch, feel free to reach out to me at iamchubbyjones (at) gmail (dot) com.

Stream or Download here: Chicago Venue Menu Episode 1

Monday April 2nd Picks:

Kasabian @ The Vic Theater (3145 N Sheffield Ave Chicago, IL 60657)

Nada Surf & An Horse @ the Metro (3730 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60613)

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Ambient Swedish Electronic Act, Korallreven, Making US Debut

KorallrevenThe Swedes are continuing their not-so-hostile takeover of the U.S. music scene with dreamy electro pop duo, Korallreven. Starting next week, the band will be playing their first shows in the U.S. in support of their beautifully ambient 2011 debut, An Album By Korallreven.

The good news: The band will be making a stop in Chicago on March 6th @ Lincoln Hall.

The bad news: Victoria Bergsman won’t be making a guest appearance at that particular show. If you haven’t heard her in the bands Taken By Trees or The Concretes, you should definitely give them a spin too.

Check out and download their ethereal song, “Sa Sa Samoa” (ft. Juliana Barwick) below and download the “For Real For Sure For You” remix of the song.

3/4 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
3/5 – Washington DC – Black Cat
3/6 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
3/7 – San Francisco, CA – Independent*
3/8 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex*

*Guest appearance by Victoria Bergsman (who you can hear below)