Well, This Sure Looks Like the First Complete Concert Calendar of November
Pretty much all the live music you can catch this week.
1:08 PM CDT on November 1, 2022
Just gonna use this space here to applaud the Cedar on its bookings lately. They always do a great job over there, but lately they're on fire.
Tuesday, November 1
- Alex G with Hatchie @ First AvenueI’m losing confidence that I’ll ever hear what this indie hero’s fans do in his artful but shambling arrangements of melodic scraps, but God Save the Animals is a pleasant enough listen except when he’s singing in funny voices, especially if all you ask from songwriters are vibes. Me, I like songs.
Wednesday, November 2
Thursday, November 3
- Chicago Farmer with Hemma @ Cedar Cultural CenterI’ve never caught one of his shows, but having heard his live album, Quarter Past Tonight, I can absolutely vouch for the ability of Cody Diekhoff, the Cook County agriculturalist in question, to entertain a crowd. He's opened for Todd Snider, which should give you some indication of his style of humor and brand of politics.
Friday, November 4
- The Silos @ Mortimer’sWell, here’s an unexpected treat. Before we knew what to call alt-country or Americana (cowpunk? heartland rock?), these fellers were rocking out rootsily. Tonight they’ll be playing their terrific 1987 album Cuba in its entirety. Top-tier nostalgia for the olds and a history lesson for the youngs.
Saturday, November 5
Sunday, November 6
- Marc Ribot with Anna Garana @ Cedar Cultural CenterYou’ve maybe heard Ribot’s versatile as all get out session guitar work with Tom Waits or Elvis Costello. When it comes to his band-leading, I’m partial to his Prosthetic Cubans work, just gorgeous re-imaginings of and tributes to Cuban music. But his more ornery recent recordings with Ceramic Dog do more aptly fit the world's current mood and needs, living up to titles like “Fuck La Migra” and “Muslim Jewish Resistance.” And you never know what noises to expect from his guitar.
- Tegan and Sara with Tomberlin @ First AvenueCrybaby, Tegan and Sara's first album of new material since 2016, suggests their romantic lives (or at least their imagined versions of them) have gotten no less dramatic with age. The once-folkie confessional sisters “went pop” a decade ago and never looked back; they love synths-or-is-that-a-guitar and big drums for the sheer whomp of it all, and write broad lyrics to match. “Fucking Up What Matters” sums up the personal flaws that are their artistic strength; “this bruise ain’t black it’s yellow” is a raw, perfect metaphor for sidling up to an old lover to get hurt again.
Monday, November 7
- Amanda Shires @ AmsterdamShires has catapulted from “fiery session fiddler who writes pretty good” to among the sharpest pens in country, with a voice to match—big but with ragged hints of vulnerability. On her latest, Take It Like a Man, she mixes expressions of fierce sexual obsession ("Call it bad behavior/Maybe I like strangers") and sharply detailed reporting on domestic dissatisfaction verging on breakups ("You slammed the door so hard I still hear rattling spoons").
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