There's so much music in Chicago every night of the week, the hardest part is deciding what to see. So, here's the first installment of a monthly guide to the top and most anticipated Chicago concerts in April 2012:
- Disappears - This Chicago quartet gained a following with their psychedelic and trace influenced garage rock, and even got the attention of drummer Steve Shelley, from alternative rock icons Sonic Youth. Shelley would eventually end up joining Disappears and even appearing on their most recent release, Pre Language. The record continues to evolve the band's sound and includes some dark grooves ("Joa") and punk-like rockers ("Hibernation Sickness"). Friday, April 13 - Lincoln Hall - 10:00 p.m.
- Death Cab For Cutie - Death Cab brought indie rock to the mainstream in the mid-2000's with their extremely popular record, Transatlanticism. Their brand of Pacific Northwestern alt-rock has ebbed and flowed on subsequent releases, which have either delved into more a accessible, pop-friendly approach or been far more guitar-centeric and jam friendly. However, their latest, Codes and Keys, is a punchy and often melancholy affair that still finds the band wearing their hearts on their sleeves. Monday, April 16 & Tuesday, April 17 - Chicago Theatre - 7:30 p.m.
- JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound - It's always a good time when Chicago's funky ones hit the stage. JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound update classic soul and R&B music by injecting it with an indie rock edge, and they've quickly become one of the windy city's most promising live acts. One song you can be sure they'll bust out is their incredibly fun and groovy cover of Wilco's "I am trying to break your heart." Friday, April 27 - The Metro - 8:00 p.m.
- Tortoise - Experimental rock was never the same once Tortoise hit the scene in the mid-1990's. This Chicago outfit were an early adopter of incorporating diverse stylings, which included jazz, dub and electronic, into their brand of instrumental rock and roll. Tortoise has since become a major influence to quite a few up-and-coming bands who are looking to craft music outside of the box. Saturday, April 28. - The Empty Bottle - 7:00 p.m. & 10 p.m.