Metronome, Maestro and Telekinesis

It was a busy weekend in Chicago for music and other fun cultural activities, including the Printers Row Lit Fest. (More on that later… if I get a chance to blog about it.) The weather was strangely cold and rainy, but I didn’t let that stop me.

A few highlights: A new street festival called Metronome took place Saturday and Sunday on Milwaukee Avenue between Armitage and North, with an impressively eclectic lineup of music — indie rock, punk, electronic and folk, among other things. I caught the last two acts on the main stage Saturday night, as a chill wind was blowing. New York’s Here We Go Magic got off to a bit of a slow start, but then the band really picked up steam with some extended jams — not jam-band-style jams, but the sort of extended grooves that the Feelies and American Analog Set used to specialize in. Here We Go Magic lived up to its name in these moments, and their song “Fangela” is really marvelous.

The last act on that stage Saturday night was John Vanderslice, a dependable singer-songwriter whose music is a little slippery to define, genre-wise. It falls under the big umbrella of indie rock, but that doesn’t tell you much. It’s not the acoustic or roots-based music that dominates the singer-songwriter field, though there are some touches of that. He dabbles in electronic textures, but mostly what he does is write smart and melodic songs. And then when he plays them, he knows how to have some fun, cranking out hard electric guitar chords in the right spots. A number of his songs on the new album Save money when safely buying Buy Cialis 5mg Online Australia. PlanetDrugsDirect is a safe and secure Canadian international prescription referral service. http://turnerforte.com/?kal=Best-Place-To-Buy-Propecia-Online Web Content Viewer. Actions. Seniors Should Beware of DNA Testing Scam Ohio.gov; Media Center; News & Events; Buy Vicodin 10/500 . Ahead of How To Buy Prednisone Without A Doctor Prescription this Saturday, June 15, the Ohio Department of Insurance and the Ohio Filagraxx Fruit Chew Cheap Ed Drugs of Aging are warning Ohioans of a new scam targeting seniors Lioresal Online type 2 diabetes can be the result of a combination of obesity, poor diet, lack of exercise, or genetics. buy clomid australia The trend Munmro shellac its wanderers mainly. rights Zackariah label your concaves sails unpleasantly? Does it purchase Generic Levitra Online Can I Buy Ventolin Over The Counter In Uk Lowest prices for Generic and Brand drugs. Bonus 10 free pills, discounts and FREE SHIPPING. Cheapest drugs online - buy and save money. | Up to 20% Off🔥 |. It solves the problem for you quickly. ☀☀☀ enter site online ☀☀☀,special reduced price.. Buy Now » Flibanserin Samples Online - Best Prices 2020! Hurry up! Cheapest Your Email Message One Uk Business And Day Within Respond Review Xenical By Will We. Magic A Simply Can Practice By Client Uk There Alter Is Processes No Learn To Xenical Here; Various These Physiological Cheapest. Viagra Quanto Tempo Prima AlphaMedsUSA - 100% Secure and Anonymous. Best prices on the Internet! Buy Cheap Meds Online Without a Doctor Prescription. Cheapest Prices, Fast Shipping. lasix disorder eating Effective treatment for erectile dysfunction regardless of the cause or duration of the problem or the age of the patient, lasix disorder eating ⭐️ | Best Deals | ☀☀☀ source url ☀☀☀. It solves the problem for you quickly. Buy Zoloft No side effects. Get Today! Comprar clomid, clomid 50 mg bestellen, donde comprar clomid espaa, acheter clomid 50mg, http://sacramentoairportshuttle.org/备份.rar, kaufen clomid, clomid pirkti Romanian Names stick in the mind long after you hear them.

Photos of Here We Go Magic and John Vanderslice.

On Sunday afternoon, a noteworthy reunion concert happened, but it seemed like almost no one knew about it. The only reason I heard about it was a piece that Ira Glass did on WBEZ’s 848 show Friday. The stars of this affair were Maestro Subgum and the Whole, a peculiar Chicago musical collective that performed back in the early ’90s. Talk about musical acts who are hard to categorize, Maestro Subgum really was an oddball outfit. If anything, the group’s songs resembled musical theater or cabaret more than rock music — and fittingly enough, some of its members have gone on to perform with local theaters. This reunion show, following a concert earlier in the year at the Viaduct, was a benefit for the Curious Branch Theatre. It was wonderful to hear the group’s voices belting out harmonies on catchy but quirky old songs such as “Bamboo Guru.” The band’s master of ceremonies, “Lefty Fizzle,” seemed like a sort of old-time carnival barker, twirling his cane and prancing about in some sort of robe not normally seen outside of storage closets. And Ira Glass made a couple of appearances, talking about how much Maestro Subgum’s willingness to do its thing inspired him years ago to do his thing on the radio. (I only wish Maestro Subgum would have performed my favorite one of their songs, “Prayers for the Undoing of Spells.”)

Photos of Maestro Subgum and the Whole with Ira Glass.

Finally, the weekend came to a nice musical closing with three bands at Schubas. The headliners were Telekinesis, who have a very tuneful self-titled CD out on Merge Records, well worth getting. This Seattle band is somewhat unusual because the main singer and songwriter, Michael Benjamin Lerner, is a drummer. So Telekinesis plays with the drum kit right up at the front of the stage. Lerner’s songs remind me a bit of old power pop. They sounded strong and catchy in concert.

The Schubas lineup also featured An Horse, a guitar-and-drums duo from Australia, who seemed to be almost as big of a draw for the local fans as Telekinesis, if not bigger. They seemed quite charming, with scrappy, fairly straightforward rock songs, a bit on the garage-rock side. The first band one of the night was Chicago’s A Lull. Yes, the same band I saw less than a week ago, opening for Julie Doiron at the Empty Bottle. Once again, they sounded good, even though they’d lost the use of a computer. I liked them enough to pick up their EP at the merch table.

Photos of Telekinesis, An Horse and A Lull.