Beat Swap Meet, the world’s only traveling record show, is setting up shop at Reggie’s on April 4 with guest DJs including David Yow of The Jesus Lizard along with a vinyl documentary screening and Q&A followed by a live show featuring Detroit hardcore punk pioneers Negative Approach. The record fair will offer the opportunity to buy, sell, and trade with record collectors from Chicago and beyond followed by the Chicago premiere of Records Collecting Dust, which documents the vinyl collections of everyone from Jello Biafra to Charles Bukowski. Following a Q&A hosted by Yow, Negative Approach will take the stage with Chicago locals Brick Assassin and Crime Spree. Tickets are available for $15.
BY MÓNICA VELÁZQUEZ
Crisp and fresh like a Cracker Barrel biscuit, barefooted band Whiskey Shivers has an authentic sound that’s soothing to the kindred soul and pleasing to the palette. With washboard, banjo, guitar and upright bass, fiddle master/group mastermind Bobby Fitzgerald delivers a blazing fury of folk and bluegrass styles to create a unique brand of “trash music” they call their own. Texas-bred and rambunctiously free, the driving pulses of the percussive washboard blend together into an eccentric and cohesive sound that will challenge any audience member to refrain from stomping along.
BY WILLIAM KOSH
Listening to American Weekend, the skin-and-bones lo-fi album Katie Crutchfield recorded while snowed in at her parent’s house, one can’t help but dream up characters looking for closure or comfort (but who also might settle for a chance to cut their losses and escape). Her band’s newest album Ivy Tripp may be more meticulously produced, but remains a stinging reminder that sincerity in popular music isn’t extinct. You have to have power to back up the sort of blistering honesty that one finds in a Waxahatchee song. Luckily, Crutchfield has the voice and presence to do the vulnerability of her lyrics justice.
BY LUKE BLANCO
With Twin Shadow’s twin albums Forget and Confess, George Lewis Jr. demonstrated the perfect equilibrium between art and pop. A chic interpretation of the ‘80s synth era, songs like “Five Seconds” and “Patient” take cues from the New Romantic movement without all the unnecessary cliche. With new LP Eclipse, Twin Shadow marks a subtle departure from his thus-far successful formula of nostalgia synth rock. Lewis’s debt to his predecessors is lighter than before, thereby making the music more palatable to contemporary listeners. “I’m Ready” suggests an artist yearning for the recognition of a much wider audience, a somewhat elusive notion in the world of pretense pop.