Photo and picks by guest blogger Carmelo Espanola (CHI)
Aaah, it's that time of the year again. Where friends and family gather together to celebrate the long revered tradition of Thanksgiving. Where we sit down on the table and eat traditional fare such as turkey (or tofurkey for our veggie friends), green bean casserole and pumpkin pie. Where our siblings would talk on and on about how successful they are in their careers. Where our childhood friends force us to play football outside in the cold. Where we stay up all night so we can go get trampled upon by crazy soccer moms at Best Buy...
...but for those of us Chicagoans who dread having to go do these totally un-metal activities during this holiday, have no fear! Despite the rather empty streets, there is actually a good number of shows to go to during this week.
On the night before Turkey Day, Georgia's Black Tusk and Florida's Dark Castle are playing a free show at the Cobra Lounge with local favorites Plague Bringer (pictured above) and The Atlas Moth. On the other side of town, Baroness are bringing their southern flavored metal to Reggie's Rock Club with the doom of Earthless from Maryland and U.S. Christmas from North Carolina. Your wide eyed folks might just ask you where you got that new beard from.
After Thanksgiving, noise rock OG's The Jesus Lizard play 2 sold out shows at the Metro on Friday and Saturday. David Yow and the dudes have been destroying eardrums for over 20 years, and they can surely still kick everyone's asses as evidenced earlier this year at Pitchfork, Fun, Fun, Fun Fest and the Vice anniversary party. Be prepared for David Yow's balls to land on your face. Hard.
Not lucky enough to get into one of these Jesus Lizard shows? Dude Fest alumni Weekend Nachos are gonna kick off their west coast tour with a show at the Albion House on Friday. This is a tiny basement, and the Nachos put on a ferociously wild show wherever they go, so don't be surprised if you get caught in a sweaty pile-on with a bunch of crazy dudes and dudettes.
Need a breather from all the craziness? The Empty Bottle hosts a free show with the cello-powered drone riffs of Helen Money, the Death In June meets Black Sabbath sounds of Anatomy of Habit and the experimental musings of Fielded. However, if you prefer to continue the wild and crazy pace of the weekend, Japanese pyscho-grinders Melt Banana will satisfy these at the Bottom Lounge with Triclops! and 97-Shiki.
To cap this week off with a bang-OVER, Municipal Waste will decimate Subterranean with Off With Their Heads, Phobia and Cauldron. Stage dives, circle pits, sing alongs, and all out tomfoolery are mandatory.
Have a safe holiday and enjoy the shows!
CRUStCAKE PICKS CHICAGO SHOWS 11/25 -12/02
Wednesday November 25 - Black Tusk, Plague Bringer, The Atlas Moth, Dark Castle @ Cobra Lounge (FREE)
- Baroness, Earthless, U.S. Christmas @ Reggie's Rock Club
Friday November 27 - The Jesus Lizard, Model/Actress @ Metro
- Weekend Nachos, Like Bats, The Catburglars, RazorxFade @ Albion House
Satrday November 28 - The Jesus Lizard, Triclops! @ Metro
Monday November 30 - Helen Money, Anatomy of Habit, Fielded @ Empty Bottle
- Melt Banana, Triclops!, 97-Shiki @ Bottom Lounge
Wednesday December 2 - Municipal Waste, Off With Their Heads, Phobia, Cauldron @ Subterranean