I'd seen Snow Patrol in Ireland last summer, so I passed on their sold out show at the Quest Wednesday. I was also still recovering from Tuesday's Gang of Four show.
Ross Raihala has some interesting observations about Snow Patrol in his blog here.
Mercury Rev and the Doves, as you may know, postponed their Minneapolis appearance while Doves' lead singer Jimi Goodwin recuperated from an illness. They cancelled several dates including yesterday'ss show at The Quest and tonight's show at the Old Vic in Chicago. But they resume tomorrow in Detroit at the Magestic Theatre. A friend of mine will be at that show, and I hope to get a full report from her upon her return from the Motor City.
Tonight I am going to Bright Eyes to help out a poor friend who had an extra ticket and wanted the company. I'm like that.
Conor Oberst and company play an early show (with The Faint opening) so where else might I go?
• Hanz Solo is calling it quits. “What we resurrect as remains to be seen but the band you know and love as HanZsolo will be forever gone by 2 am tomorrow," Hans himself said in an email message yesterday. They're at the 400 Bar tonight with Gutta Percha and Hi*Test (9:30, $7) Hans adds, “The 400 Bar is at Cedar and Riverside on the West Bank" for those who did not know that.
• Olympic Hopefuls headline The Fine Line tonight on a great lineup featuring Leroy Smokes, Sunday Runners and Kalgren.
• Rank Strangers, Kruddler and Blame are at The Hexagon Bar in a show that's bound to rock and be fun. If I don't die of sleep deprivation by midnight tonight, that's where I'm likely to be found (for those of you who are stalking me.)
Here's that Mach Fox reminder I promised you last week.
Mach FoX headlines the Kitty Cat Klub Saturday night and promises a "lights, attitude, action style show." And they'll be giving away free Mach Fox sox at the door with your paid admission (while supplies last, of course.) Princess Wishingstar, and Lady Hard-on (who were voted T.C. best polka band recently by the City Pages) open.
The Mike Doughty show at The Cedar is sold out, but Doughty will be playing an in store at the Electric Fetus for those who want to see him. His solo album is possibly a must have for Soul Coughing fans. I'm sure there will be plenty of copies of the disk on hand at the Fetus if you are so inclined.
Voltage: Fashion Amplified revs up with a pre-party Wednesday, May 18th at the Hexagon Bar as they finalizes preparations for the fabulousness of their full-scale event the following Wednesday, May 25th at First Avenue. (Disclaimer: I've mentioned before that I'm the Voltage publicist, so when I say “they" I really mean “us." But I know the show is going to be great because I'm privy to all the exciting inside details too sensitive to be shared with the GP.)
Stop by the free event at the Hexagon for your chance to win Voltage CD compilations and tickets. DJ Jake Rudh will be spinning past and present Voltage bands in addition to his usual fare. And make up artists and hair stylists will be on hand to do rock star makeovers.
The Voltage committee, many of the bands and designers and even some of the models will also be on hand. There are well over a hundred people of people involved in this show, so this promises to be a busy night. (And here's a reminder to buy your Voltage tickets early, as we fully expect a sellout this year.)
Also Wednesday, May 18th is the 3rd Annual Joy Division Tribute (JDIII) at the Triple Rock. The show is a fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota.
The event marks the 25th anniversary of the suicide of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis. Curtis suffered from epilepsy, and the condition might have contributed to his depression and suicide.
In honor of that event, here's a poem (an imitation of e.e. cumming's “Buffalo Bill" ) I wrote about Ian many years ago.
Who used to
Write onetwothreefourfive songs about death justlikethat
He was a scary man.
And what I want to know is
Is he happy now that he is dead
- David de Young (1985)
Gone Out Gone, Dallas Orbiter and Copterboy play the event at the Triple Rock.
Green Day tickets go on sale Saturday, May 14th for their show at the Excel Center on Friday, September 16th.