The Broken Record Chicago: volume five

Live shows, that’s the word on the street. These live music venues are hosting real live bands and they want you to patron their establishments, imbibe, and enjoy some hand-picked sound. The list is below with venue links to follow. Those in bold type are shows I’d attend if given the opportunity and anytime you see a double asterisk that means it’s a show for all ages. Bands will be linked a night in advance so that you can sample their wares before purchase. December, you’re quite kind.


Jimmy Burns hosts The Jam @ Buddy Guys Legends. 9PM, $10.00.

Linsey Alexander @ B.L.U.E.S.

Punk Rock DJ Sickboy @ Delilahs. 9PM.

DJ Broke A$ Fuck spins New Wave 80s Pop @ Coles. 10 PM, Free Show.

Psychic Steel, Mr. 666 @ Empty Bottle. 9:30PM, Free Show.

Serge Gainsbourg Tribute featuring Jane Birkin @ Portage Theater. 8PM, $25.00 adv., $30.00 door. **

Montauk Monster, The Fox and the Hounds @ Elbo Room. 8PM, $7.00.

The Winter Sounds @ Martyrs. 10PM, $10.00.

Avey Tare of Animal Collective, Eric Copeland @ Schubas. 7PM, $15.00. **

Robbie Fulks @ The Hideout. 7PM, $10.00.

Extraordinary Popular Delusions @ Beat Kitchen. 8PM, Free Show.

Sexfist @ Abbey Pub. 9PM, $5.00.


Karkwa, Sharpless @ Schubas. 8PM, $10.00. Link to our Facebook page for a chance to win a pair of tickets!

Yacht, Cains & Abels @ Lincoln Hall. 8PM, $14.00.

Mar Caribe @ The Hideout. 9PM, $5.00.

Origin of Animal @ Double Door. 7:30PM, $5.00.

Strychnine, Logan Squares @ Subterranean. 7:30PM, $8.00.

Metal Shop DJ Ron @ Delilahs. 9PM.

Gospel Music, Leaf Bird @ Empty Bottle. 9:30PM, $8.00.

Event Horizon @ Elbo Room. 9PM, $7.00.

Pecha Kucha Night @ Martyrs. 8PM, $10.00.

DJ Radio Gavin @ Coles. 8PM, Free Show.

Yves Francois and Rocambu Jazz. 9PM.

Relax Attack Jazz Series presents Nick Mazzarella Trio @ The Whistler. 10PM

As I Lay Dying @ House of Blues. 5PM, $25.00.

Joanna Connor @ Buddy Guys Legends. 9PM, $10.00.

Rodney Brown and Hot Rod @ B.L.U.E.S.

Aceyalone, Abstract Rude @ Reggie’s Rock Club. 8PM, $20.00.


Dave Specter and the Bluebirds @ Buddy Guys Legends. 9PM, $10.00.

Chris Bathgate @ Schubas. 8PM, $5.00.

Big Ray and Chicago’s Most Wanted @ B.L.U.E.S.

Bloodshot Records DJ Nan Spins Hard Country @ Delilahs.

Urband Grind TV Mixtape hosted by DJ Sean Mac @ Reggie’s Rock Club. 8PM.

Jigsaw @ Quenchers. 9PM, $5.00.

Rocket From The Tombs @ Empty Bottle. 9:30PM, $15.00.

Spinning Blades, Electro Cult Circus @ Elbo Room. 8PM, $7.00.

The War On Drugs @ Lincoln Hall. 9PM, $14.00.

Frank Rosalys Cicada Music @ The Hideout. 9:30 PM, $8.00.

Torch Singer @ Subterranean. 8PM, $8.00.


The Ultrasounds, Holiday House, Sexy Fights @ Beat Kitchen. 7:30PM, $8.00.

John Sabal Trio @ Abbey Pub. 9PM, Free Show.

Mike Golden & Friends @ Double Door. 8:30PM, $8.00.

The Bears of Blue River, Julie Meckler @ Subterranean. 8PM, $10.00.

Erin McKeowns Anti-Holiday Show @ Schubas. 8PM, $12.00.

Honor Society @ Lincoln Hall. 7PM, $21.00.

Chris ConnellyBand @ The Hideout. 9PM, $10.00.

DJs The Fabulous Ladies of Fitness @ Coles. 9PM, Free Show.

The String Cheese Incident @ The Aragon Ballroom. 7PM, $40.00.

Save the Clocktower, Windbreaker @ Empty Bottle. 9:30PM, $8.00.

Woodrow Hart, The Big Leagues @ Elbo Room. 8PM, $8.00.

AndrewFraker and Sons @ Metro. 8:30PM, $8.00.

Carl Weathersby @ Buddy Guys Legends. 9PM, $10.00.

Matthew Skoller @ B.L.U.E.S.


Jimmy Johnson, Dave Herrero @ Buddy Guys Legends. 5:30 PM, $20.00.

Vance “Guitar” Kelly @ B.L.U.E.S.

Shemekia Copeland with Bill Brickey @ Old Town School of Folk Music. 9PM, $25.00.

The Sweats, Furcoats @ Cole’s. 10PM, Free Show.

Whales, Nonagon @ Quenchers. 9PM, $5.00.

TTTTottally Dudes DJs @ The Whistler. 9:30PM.

The String Cheese Incident @ The Aragon Ballroom. 7PM, $40.00.

The Dan Band @ House of Blues. 7:30PM, $22.50.

The Hoyle Brothers @ Empty Bottle. 5:30 PM, Free Show.

The UnGnomes @ Martyrs. 5PM, $2.00.

The Felix Culpa @ Metro. 5PM, $10.00.

Peter Bradley Adams @ Schubas. 7:30PM, $8.00 adv., $10.00 door.

Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three @ Schubas. 10PM, $10.00 adv., $12.00 door.

Josephine Foster @ The Hideout. 10PM, $10.00.

Makeshift Prodigy @ Beat Kitchen. 8PM, $10.00.

Rego, Go For Broke @ Abbey Pub. 9PM, $10.00.

Dwele, Cavalier Kidd @ Double Door. 8PM, $25.00.

Bailiff, Young Buffalo @ Subterranean. 8:30PM, $10.00.


The Faders, Black Labs, Dust Bunnies @ Coles. 10PM, Free Show.

The Polkaholics Christmas Show @ Quenchers. 9PM, $5.00.

Funk and Soul with DJ Patrick Sisson @ The Whistler. 10PM.

Brendan Bayliss @ Park West. 8PM, $20.00-$80.00.

The String Cheese Incident @ The Aragon Ballroom. 7PM, $40.00.

Abertooth Lincoln @ Elbo Room. 8PM, $10.00.

Chicago R&B Kings @ B.L.U.E.S.

Alien Queen @ Metro. 9PM, $15.00.

Nublu Band, Randy Johnson @ Buddy Guys Legends.

JD McPherson @ Schubas. 10PM, $10.00.

Virginia Coalition @ Lincoln Hall. 10PM, $15.00.

East of Edens Soul Express DJs @ The Hideout. 11:30PM, $5.00.


Tribes, We Barbarians @ Schubas. 8PM, $8.00 adv., $10.00 door.

Dead Sheriff @ Beat Kitchen. 7:30PM, $8.00.

Traditional Irish Session @ Abbey Pub. 4PM, Free Show.

The Heat, Hopping Fences @ Subterranean. 8PM, $8.00.

Ludo @ Metro. 6PM, $15.00.

Darrick Thompson @ The Whistler. 10PM.

Matthew Skoller @ Buddy Guys Legends. 9PM, $10.00.

Guy King and his Organ Trio @ Buddy Guys Legends. 5:30PM, Free Show.

Antje Dvekot @ Old Town School of Folk Music. 7PM, $22.00.


Venues: Lincoln Hall, Schubas, Beat Kitchen, The Vic, The Aragon Ballroom, The Riv, Park West, Metro, Empty Bottle, Reggie’s Rock Club, The Abbey Pub, Subterranean, Double Door, Cole’s, Quenchers, The Whistler, Congress Theater, Elbo Room, The Hideout.