Saturday, December 24, 2011

Haiku 2011 - Part IV

Sure there are a few potential shows left this year, but party planners city-wide will be demanding my presence at their events so I'll need to publish what I can now. I'll edit later as needed. If I feel like it. Don't tell us what to do. You saw how that worked out last time. We quit writing until y'all went away and proved our point. So there.

Cold War Kids - Metro

Throw down unique sounds
Catchy high energy but
Not memorable

Death From Above 1979 - Metro

Two guys, lots of noise
But not a White Stripes ripoff
Bass and drums on 'roids

Joy Formidable - Double Door

She looks quite docile
But Ritzy will melt your face
Guitar and vocals

Arctic Monkeys - HOB

I knew I liked them
But with the very first song
Their stock skyrockets

Amy LaVere - Schubas

With an upright bass
High heel shoes, dress and a mask
Tunes with attitude

This Must Be The Band - Ravenswood Fest

Talking Heads tribute
Mixed feelings on cover bands
But this one was fun.

Soul Train Anniversary - Millennium Park

Don Cornelius
And historic soul
Wish I had a 'fro

Jim Jones Revue - Schubas

Little Richard with
A chainsaw and a nosebleed
I stole that review

Broken Social Scene - Wrigleyville

Free show near Wrigley
Even up on a rooftop
Got down with their sound

Fleet Foxes - Chicago Theater

Best beards on the road
With amazing harmonies
Quite a mellow night

X - Bottom Lounge

First couple of punk
John and Exene can still rock
But they're looking old

Imelda May - Park West

Groovy hair and shoes
And Irish rockabillly
Make for a good time

Wild Flag - Empty Bottle

Women who rock hard
Already reviewed them once
They just get better

Screaming Females - Schubas

Shredding the guitar
Is child's play for Marissa
With a unique sound

Rhett Miller - Schubas

Call it a man crush
He delivers energy
And quality tunes

The Damned - Metro

Legendary punks
Captain Sensible
Is anything but

Shelby Lynne - Lincoln Hall

An angelic voice
But a little depressing
Cheer up buckaroo!

Lonie Walker - Wonder Bar

Main goal: make sure that
Everyone has a good time
Mission accomplished

Ronnie Hicks - BLUES

Do not watch youtube
Get your butt to a live show
Crazy better live

White Mystery - SubT

I did not like them
They can't play or sing very well
Just like my writing

Le Butcherettes - SubT

A bloody apron
And Mexican attitude
Crazy good rock show

Marti Jones & Don Dixon - Abbey Pub

Big Don Dixon fan
Brought his wife for a bonus
Did not disappoint

Airborne Toxic Event - Riv

I was on the fence
But I left the show a fan
Genuine music

tune-yards - Lincoln Hall

Such a freak but makes it work
I love you Merrill

Meat Puppets - Double Door

Still alive today
On my playlist a long time
Glad you're together

Monte Montgomery - Fitzgerald's

Top notch guitar skills
Incredible back up band
But left wanting more

Suzanne Vega - SPACE

Last year she surprised
I went again this year and
Was bored this time 'round.

Split Lip Rayfield - Double Door

Impromptu trip to
Double Door had me dancing,
Wanting more banjo.

Legendary Shack Shakers - Double Door

Is that guitarist
The dude from Jesus Lizard?
His new band, mad fun

Lykke Li - Vic

She's got that goth thing
But she's not annoying like
All that Twilight shit

Ftiz and the Tantrums - Metro

A second visit
But we need a new record
Fitz says it's coming

Architecture in Helsinki

Crazy Aussie fun
B-52's with indie
Slant from down under

City & Colour - Vic

Surprisingly strong
Did not expect much live but
The songs came to life

John Doe - OTS

X, Knitters, solo
Doe does no wrong in my world
Play it, I'll be there

Robbie Fulks - Hideout

With guest Jon Langford
Dueling styles keep it fresh
Both know how to write

Poi Dog Pondering - Metro

This band's been around
I prefer the Austin years
Fun to see and hear

Fishbone - Bottom Lounge

Been twenty years since
I've seen them last; holy crap.
Insanity live

Wilco - Riv/Vic/Lincoln Hall

Part of it is hype
But they back it up no problem
Every show stellar

Joy Formidable - Metro

She looks demure but
Ritzy is a powerhouse
Melt my face, hot stuff.

Gold Motel - Lincoln Hall

Happy fun music
But felt like New Year's Eve in
A hotel ballroom