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

Father John Misty’s NSFW Video is a Slice of Depraved Heaven

Father John Misty

Former Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman has a new solo project by the name Father John MIsty. He just released an NSFW video that my depraved little heart loves. You’ve got this beautiful, soft and slightly high-pitched man’s voice singing about being flogged by a dominatrix as if he were still just hanging out with some long-haired dudes on the grassy knoll singing about the weather. It’s Bee Gees meets a role reversal in The Secretary. BTW, if you are a fan of dark humor and, just as an example, know and celebrate the legend that was Leigh Bowery, you should really follow Tillman’s Tumblr too – I have a feeling shit’s gonna get really weird.

Here’s a stream and download of another song, “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”, from his full length debut, Fear Fun, out May 1st.