So, I ended up passing on both the CSO and Wilco last night in Chicago, opting instead to drop $3 to hear a pair of local bands at the Empty Bottle: the dingy bar/indie venue on N. Western where I had such fun the last time I was in town. Sadhu Sadhu are a local trio who played psychedelic 60's rock that occasionally roared like MBV. Johnny, the guitarist, was a real stringer, peppering his solos with distortion without leaning on it. They were followed by UUVVWWZ (not to be confused with these guys): an experimental group out of Lincoln, Nebraska full of dissonant guitars, fronted by Teal Gardner's otherworldly wail. At first, they made me cringe (usually a good sign) but by the end they'd won me over with their raw energy. They'll be in New York all this week, playing CMJ shows all around Bklyn and Manhattan if you want to check them out for yourself.
Speaking of CMJ, I just learned that I'll be badged up again this year, so be on the lookout for regular updates throughout the week. (More pics below.)