Sound check: The Wombats come to Palatine's Durty Nellie's

 
 
Updated 2/5/2018 1:35 PM
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  • Matthew Murphy, left, Tord Øverland Knudsen and Dan Haggis of The Wombats play Friday, Feb. 2, at Palatine's Durty Nellie's.

    Matthew Murphy, left, Tord Øverland Knudsen and Dan Haggis of The Wombats play Friday, Feb. 2, at Palatine's Durty Nellie's. Associated Press, 2015

We could be gigantic

The United Kingdom's indie-popsters The Wombats first rose above the din with their 2007 studio debut album, "A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation," and the breakout hits "Moving to New York" and "Let's Dance to Joy Division," a rhythmic treat that self-referentially points out the irony of its own existence. They've since released two follow-up albums, with a fourth on the way. (Watch for "Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life" dropping Feb. 9 or pre-order it here.) See the Liverpool dance-pop artists when they play Palatine's Durty Nellie's for 101-WKQX's first Sound Lounge On the Road show of the year. Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. Free, but tickets are first come, first served; doors open at 6, so make sure you arrive early or register for a chance to win a guaranteed pass at 101wkqx.xom. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2

B.o.B at BaseCamp

Six-time Grammy-nominated rapper B.o.B is conjuring up a party out in Lisle for Friday's show at BaseCamp Pub. Tickets for the December show, rescheduled because of inclement weather, will be honored for this show. BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $30-$35. (331) 777-4712 or ticketweb.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2

Gospel gem Mavis Staples

Chicago's music scene burns a little brighter because of Mavis Staples. The legendary rhythm and blues singer channels her signature love and hope, albeit through pursed lips, on "If All I Was Was Black," her recent release and collaboration with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. See her in all her spirited glory when she takes the stage at the Vic Theatre this weekend, joined by Chicago soul band The Congregation. Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago. $40-$65. (773) 472-0449 or victheatre.com. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3

Shuffled tracks

• Energetic and upbeat describe much of The Wombats' catalog, but I find "Give Me a Try" from 2015's "Glitterbug" a particularly compelling driving tune. Check out the video on YouTube.

• Members of Chicago punk band Turnspit are rolling out a new LP with their new local label connections at Dodgeball Records. See the video for "Breath Taking" at YouTube.

Concert highlights

• 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.

• Low Swans, Forty Piece Choir, Farkus, DeYoung & Jones: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Reggies Rock Club, 2105 S. State St., Chicago. $10. (312) 949-0120 or reggieslive.com.

West Chicago native Brian Allison takes the Cubby Bear stage Friday, Feb. 2, with Young Cub, Honeystone, Where's Fernando? and the Matt Burke Band.
West Chicago native Brian Allison takes the Cubby Bear stage Friday, Feb. 2, with Young Cub, Honeystone, Where's Fernando? and the Matt Burke Band. - Courtesy of Brian Allison

• K. Flay, Sir Sly: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Concord Music Hall, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $20. (773) 570-4000 or concordmusichall.com.

• Young Cub, Honeystone, Brian Allison, Where's Fernando?, Matt Burke Band: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $7-$10. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• Obsidian Switch, Chaos in Creation, Hedgehog and the Fox, Trident Deep: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Silvie's Lounge, 1902 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago. $10. (773) 871-6239 or silvieslounge.com.

• A Silent Truth, POLARIZER, Craving Strange, Via Clara: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. $10-$12. (312) 226-6300 or cobralounge.com.

• Twenty Over: 8:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Mac's on Slade, 117 W. Slade, Palatine. Free. (847) 907-9621 or macsonslade.com.

• Spare Parts West -- A Night of Music and Stand Up Comedy featuring Off With Their Heads, The Bollweevils, Spells, Stacey Dee and Seth Anderson: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at BrauerHouse Live, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $12-$15. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• Silent Lucidity, Hoodlums: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $7-$10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• Glen David Andrews: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb, 2, at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $15. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

• Bob Marley birthday bash featuring Natty Nation, Concrete Roots: 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Mackey's Hideout, 2601 S. River Road, McHenry. $10. (815) 363-7040 or mackeyshideout.com.

• The Casimir Effect, Daniel Young, The Phonographs, Sam Stucky: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Reggies Rock Club, 2105 S. State St., Chicago. $10-$12. (312) 949-0120 or reggieslive.com.

• American Arson, The Almas, Man Eating Lion, Zero the Hero, Action Boy: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Cracken Cakes, 38594 N. Sheridan Road, Beach Park. $5 suggested donation. (847) 603-4966 or crackencakes.com.

• Weakened Friends, The Flips, Engines, lettering: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Subterranean downstairs, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $8. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.

• Boy Band Review: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $5-$10. (331) 777-4712 or basecamppub.com.

The Throwbacks give classic rock songs a pop-punk twist when they play with Teenage Mutant 90's Turtles Saturday, Feb. 3, at Lombard's BrauerHouse.
The Throwbacks give classic rock songs a pop-punk twist when they play with Teenage Mutant 90's Turtles Saturday, Feb. 3, at Lombard's BrauerHouse. - Courtesy of The Throwbacks

• The Throwbacks, Teenage Mutant 90's Turtles: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $7-$10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• Still Alive, Turbovamps, The Duis, The Kreutzer Sonata: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at BrauerHouse Live, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $8-$10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.

• Teed, The Good Batch: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Mackey's Hideout, 2601 S. River Road, McHenry. Free. (815) 363-7040 or mackeyshideout.com.

• Dave Specter Band, Jimmy Johnson: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $10. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.

Michael Glabicki and Dirk Miller of Rusted Root play Evanston's S.P.A.C.E. Tuesday, Feb. 6.
Michael Glabicki and Dirk Miller of Rusted Root play Evanston's S.P.A.C.E. Tuesday, Feb. 6. -

• Michael Glabicki and Dirk Miller of Rusted Root: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at S.P.A.C.E., 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $15-$27. (847) 492-8860 or evanstonspace.com.

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

• Josh Bryant, Matt Tatum: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. Free. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• Billy Don Burns, Liar's Trial: 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $10-$12. (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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