Summer is here, which means I am going to be busy busy busy!
Summer in Chicago is unlike anywhere else since we hibernate alllll winter, we are so excited about being able to leave the house without cringing and see other people and enjoy all the festivities that the city has to offer! Street festivals, MCA Tuesdays on the Terrace, free concerts in Millennium Park, Pitchfork, Lollapalooza... and that's on top of the fact that we have BEACHES! The best part is that most of the events are focused around music and art. I'll try to keep you up with all the goings-ons as they happen.
This weekend kicks off the season with the Do Division Street Festival. Empty Bottle presents the bands playing, so you know the lineup is great. I'm particularly excited to see Handsome Furs and White Rabbit.
Also this Saturday is Chicagoist's 5th Anniversary Party at The Whistler in Logan Square. Grammar and The Interiors will play with Chicagoist DJs Tankboy, Superbird and Pocket Taco. Whistler is quickly becoming known for it's fancy drinks and laid-back atmosphere, but the place is tiny so get there early!
Former Wilco member Jay Bennett passed away unexpectedly over the weekend, reportedly in his sleep, at his home in Urbana, IL. As the outpouring of sadness from fans shows, Bennett was an incredible musician that touched many people with his work.
My only (sort of) interaction with Bennett was through his comments on a review I wrote of his last album, Whatever Happened I Apologize, where he basically (deservedly) ripped me a new one. This was the first article that I ever wrote where someone criticized me, much less the artist I was writing about! While I wrote what I believed and qualified my statements, I always felt bad about that article.
Unfortunately, Bennett may be most remembered (as is evidenced in my opening line) as that guy who used to be in Wilco and was famously (or infamously) kicked out of the band in the documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. I am (obviously) the last person to write a bio about the man, so I'm not going to simply list news headlines here.* But, judging by the outpouring of grief, there is a lot more to know about him and his career.
I've really been digging this band Winter Gloves out of Montreal lately. Basically indie rock band with a fresh twist that I like, taking chances into that darker experimental realm. Tonight they play at Darkroom (2210 W. Chicago Ave.) as part of Life During Wartime's monthly party. The group's full-length debut, About A Girl, is available now on Paper Bag Records.