Sound check: Company of Thieves, Walk the Moon hit Aragon Ballroom

 
 
Updated 1/30/2018 11:10 AM
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  • The recently reunited Company of Thieves returns home Friday, Jan. 26, as part of Walk the Moon's "Press Restart Tour" stop at the Aragon Ballroom.

    The recently reunited Company of Thieves returns home Friday, Jan. 26, as part of Walk the Moon's "Press Restart Tour" stop at the Aragon Ballroom. Courtesy of Company of Thieves

Company of Thieves join Walk the Moon tour

2017's reunion between Roselle native Marc Walloch, his Company of Thieves co-founder Genevieve Schatz and Chris Faller, who had become a permanent member on drums, has given a second journey to the Chicago indie rock band. Lately they've been touring nationally and will be making a stop in Chicago as part of indie rock darlings Walk the Moon's ("Anna Sun," "Shut Up and Dance") "Press Restart Tour." Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago. Tickets start at $61. (844) 425-5923 or aragonballroom.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26

Feral Ghosts, From the Start at BaseCamp

The Skyline Concert Series kicks off the 2018 season with its first concert of the year: Chicago's hard-rocking The Feral Ghosts and the West Suburbs answer to alternative rock-tempered pop-punk From the Start. Get to know some great area artists while supporting the suburban local music scene! BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $5. (331) 777-4712 or aaronwilliamsmusic.com. 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26

Dwayne Anglin of The Wailers, who perform at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville on Saturday, Jan. 27.
Dwayne Anglin of The Wailers, who perform at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville on Saturday, Jan. 27. - Associated Press, 2014
'One Love' at NCC

The Wailers are keeping the spirit of Bob Marley alive through their timeless reggae rhythms and distinctive songs ("Get Up, Stand Up," "Buffalo Soldier"). Catch the feeling when the octet (the band's current incarnation) plays North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall with the historic catalog that broke new ground on the music scene. North Central College, 310 Benton Ave., Naperville. $30-$45. (630) 637-7469 or finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27

Shuffled tracks

What I've been listening to lately:

• Adam Curry slows it down and focuses on the soothing beauty of his voice in his recent solo release, "All This Light," streaming on Spotify, SoundCloud and Bandcamp. You can also see Adam rock with his band Owens Room at Beat Kitchen Friday, Feb. 9.

Dead Harvest -- Jonathon Wilson, Gerard Rapp and Drew Garnaut -- specializes in layered, groove-driven indie rock on their recently released EP, "Wasted Love." Check it out (especially the mesmerizing "All Alone By the Water") on Bandcamp or Spotify before their Elbo Room show Friday, Jan. 26.

Like Language (Kristen Donnelly and Matthew Murray) presented the catchy "Like A Drug" last week, an upbeat pop confection with indie rock roots. Give it a listen on Spotify, SoundCloud and Apple Music.

• Susie Anderson provides the sweet melodies to the energetic brand of hard-rocking alternative by South Elgin's Grain of Sand. Check out the band, rounded out by Chris Truesdell, Manny Guzman and Ray Rodriguez, on their recent release "See If I Care," streaming now on Bandcamp and SoundCloud.

Concert highlights

• MER's Music Showcase: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. Free. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• David Hayes, Trick Shooter Social Club, Noah Gabriel, bluefront: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $8. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.

• Aja Presenta LatIndie, featuring Karma Wears White Ties, You Are Here, Gaby Luna, Elia and more: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Free with RSVP. (773) 697-7922 or emporiumchicago.com.

Tedeschi Trucks Band plays a three-night stand at the Chicago Theatre.
Tedeschi Trucks Band plays a three-night stand at the Chicago Theatre. - Courtesy of Tedeschi Trucks Band

• Tedeschi Trucks Band with JJ Grey & Mofro: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $19-$60. (312) 462-6300 or msg.com.

• An Evening with the O'Jays: 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $38-$58. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com.

• Ryan Powers & Daniel Wade acoustic: 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. Free. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• Gin & Jokes comedy and hip-hop open mic hosted by Mikey to the P: 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at Rhyme or Reason, 1938 W. Division St., Chicago. Free; drink package is available. (773) 687-8240 or rhymeorreasonchicago.com.

• Deadman's Hand, Recently Paroled, Rough Draft: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Penny Road Pub, 545 Penny Road, Barrington. $8. (847) 428-0562 or pennyroadpub.com.

West suburban rock band She Rides Tigers headlines Cobra Lounge Friday, Jan. 26.
West suburban rock band She Rides Tigers headlines Cobra Lounge Friday, Jan. 26. - Courtesy of Nathan Birkett

• She Rides Tigers, Tigernite, The Local Void, Monomania: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. $10-$12. (312) 226-6300 or cobralounge.com.

• Talk To You Never, Bad Planning, The Glory Years, Caitlin Edwards: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Tivoli Bowl, 938 Warren Ave., Downers Grove. Free. (630) 969-0660 or tivolibowl.com.

• Zombie Schoolboy, Action Adventure, Cliffhanger, Bad Jokes, Oceans Over Airplanes: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $10. (312) 666-6775 or bottomlounge.com.

• Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concert: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Wheaton College, 501 College Ave., Wheaton. $15-$85. (312) 294-3000 or cso.org.

• Richard Marx, John Waite: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $37.50-$195. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com.

• Tedeschi Trucks Band with JJ Grey & Mofro: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $19-$60. (312) 462-6300 or msg.com.

• The Rhythm Method, Alt 101: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $5. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• Grateful Dead Jam featuring Trouble Ahead: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Evanston Rocks, 1012 Church St., Evanston. $10. (847) 859-2021 or evanstonrocks.com.

• Andrew Palmer, Dead Harvest, Cabin Noise, John June Year, Clan Adam: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $9-$10. (773) 549-5549 or elboroomlive.com.

• Solution Unsatisfactory, Imbecile Missile, The Desolates, 3 To Go: 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $8-$10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• Dark Side of the Tool: 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Joe's Live, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont. $12-$15. (847) 261-0392 or joesliverosemont.com.

• Hydro Static Union, Helicopters, The Steady Shakes: 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $10. (708) 669-9473 or wireismusic.com.

• Charlie Foxtrot, Run Forrest Run: 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $7. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.

• With Love from Broadway: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. $35-$40. (847) 577-2121 or metropolisarts.com.

• John Williams -- A Tribute to Steven Spielberg: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. $30-$65; $10 for students. (847) 888-4000 or elginsymphony.org.

• "MJ Live" & The Purple Xperience: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Rosemont Theatre, 5400 North River Road, Rosemont. $63.30-$83.80. (800) 854-2196 or rosemont.theatre-il.com.

• Tedeschi Trucks Band with JJ Grey & Mofro: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $19-$60. (312) 462-6300 or msg.com.

Tom Keifer of Cinderella shares a concert bill with Stephen Pearcy (of RATT) at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Saturday, Jan. 27.
Tom Keifer of Cinderella shares a concert bill with Stephen Pearcy (of RATT) at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Saturday, Jan. 27. - Associated Press, 2011

• Tom Keifer (Cinderella), Stephen Pearcy (Ratt): 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $34-$79. (847) 263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com.

• A Birdsong Valentine, Workout Music, The Phoenix Philosophy, The Smokin Tones: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $5-$10. (773) 549-5549 or elboroomlive.com.

• Acoustic Generation: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Peggy Kinnane's, 8 N Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. Free. (847) 577-7733 or peggykinnanes.com.

• Don Omar: 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Joe's Live, 5441 Park Place, Rosemont. $75-$80. (847) 261-0392 or joesliverosemont.com.

• Take The Reins, The C-Sides, Action Boy: 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Epic Deli, 2616 Schaid Court, McHenry. Free. (815) 271-5649 or epicdeli.com.

• PaJamuary 2018 with EGi, The North 41, Teed: 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., Chicago. $10-$15. (773) 537-4440 or chopshopchi.com.

• Hairbangers Ball: 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $7. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.

• Reanimate The Fallen, Over The Sun, New House, Observing With Annie, Mallory Ann: 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $10. (312) 666-6775 or bottomlounge.com.

• Split Lip Rayfield, Gin Palace Jesters: 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $12-$15. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• MER's Music Showcase: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. Free. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• Curious Grace & Black Rabbit, The Viaducts, Local Motive: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $10. (708) 669-9473 or wireismusic.com.

• The Renaissance Tour featuring Ren Thomas, Mood Swangz and Handz Solo, Pozlyrix, Nightwalker, Chicago Turntablist Authority: 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $5. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• Gin & Jokes comedy and hip-hop open mic hosted by Mikey to the P: 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at Rhyme or Reason, 1938 W. Division St., Chicago. Free; drink package is available. (773) 687-8240 or rhymeorreasonchicago.com.

• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor. You can follow him on Twitter at @BShamieDH. Listen to Brian's "2017 Chicago Sound Check" Spotify playlist for a sampling of many of the local bands he included in the Daily Herald last year.

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