Just because February is the shortest month of the year doesn't mean there are not tons of shows to pack in. Despite the cold, plenty of bands are still willing to venture out in the winter months ready to rock your bodies and warm your souls. Here's what going down in February.
Catch ‘Em While They're Here
Everybody was pretty bummed last month when news came down through the grapevine that The Mars Volta was calling it quits but, as history shows, songwriter/guitar virtuoso Omar Rodriguez isn't done with the music game yet. His newest band Bosnian Rainbows plays the Bottom Lounge on February 26. Tickets for this 17-years-and-over show are $18. Rodriguez has already served in two uber-successful bands (the aforementioned Mars Volta and recently reunited At The Drive-In) if that gives you any indication as to the potential of the Bosnian Rainbows.
Suicide prevention non-profit To Write Love on Her Arms has bagged Switchfoot (remember "Mean To Live"?) frontman Jon Foreman for their Heavy and Light Tour. This is a perfect opportunity to hear more intimate, stripped-down versions of some of your old favorites AND you're supporting a great cause. This is an all-ages show. Tickets cost $18.
Toro y Moi is a fun one-man project that takes indie melodies and splashes them with electronic rhythms. This means you can definitely shake your hips a bit but you won't feel obligated to bust out any of your more complex and energy-draining dance moves, should you choose to attend his show at the Metro on February 19. Tickets for the 18-and-older show are $16. Need to dip your toes before you dive in? Toro y Moi has a free sampler currently available on the Metro's website in light of the tour.
Brendan Kelly is mostly known here in Chicago for being one of three members of our local punk gem The Lawrence Arms. However, last year he released a poppy acoustic album under the name Brendan Kelly and The Wandering Birds that received loads of critical acclaim. It's a pretty good listen. He'll be performing songs from the album (and maybe even a couple Lawrence Arms tracks) on February 15 at the Beat Kitchen. Tickets are twelve bucks and you'll have to be seventeen or older to attend.
If you find yourself in Chicago and single on Valentine's Day, you're actually in luck. Every year, local newspaper The Reader throws a banging Anti-Valentine's Day party that's probably better than any awkward first date you've ever been on. Each year, the party's topped off with a top-notch performer and this year does not disappoint. The Hood Internet are pretty much the most popular mashup DJs in the city, have just released their first album of original recordings and -- this is the big one -- were featured as Choose's Chicago's "Made in Chicago" artist just a few months ago. In other words, not having a date isn't the problem this V-Day, not having your dancing shoes is. You can buy tickets for $14 but you can't get in unless you're 21 or older. This year, the party's being held at the Logan Square Auditorium.
Part punk rockers, part practically stadium-ready polished alternative music makers, one hundred percent catchy, AM Taxi are just another act in a long line of excellent punk-pop bands to come out of Chicago. In fact, lead singer/guitarist Adam Krier is still a member of another successful local group Lucky Boys Confusion. They'll be playing at Subterranean on February 9. The show is limited to those 17 years and older and costs $12.
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