Welcome to another batch of weekend events handpicked by yours truly. You’ll have to attend in my absence, though. I’m taking off on a quick roadie downstate for the weekend, so it’s up to you to see a southern CA indie vets, Pinback, indie/punk god, Thurston Moore, and Baltimore electro-poppers, Future Islands…
Pinback @ Metro, Saturday, November 17
It’s been 5 years since the last full-length from Pinback and they make a stop and one of the best spots in town on Saturday night. Zach Smith and Rob Crow started the band in the late-’90s in gorgeous San Diego and have recorded only five full-length albums, but there have been several EPs released, so they usually don’t keep us waiting on their unique brand of slightly relaxed indie rock for too long. Tickets here.
Thurston Moore @ The Burlington, Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18
Yes, that Thurston Moore. This show is part of the Neon Marshmallow Fest 2012, which takes place Thu-Sun almost entirely at The Burlington. The only other event not being held @ 3425 W. Fullerton is an afterparty at The Owl on Saturday, so they’re keeping it a Logan Square thing, for sure. Thurston performs a solo set on Saturday night and then as a duo with John Moloney on Sunday night. More info on the fest can be found here, and bonus points are awarded to The Burlington for having a functioning Lite Brite on display last time I was in there.
Future Islands @ Lincoln Hall, Sunday, November 18
This band has roots in North Carolina, but they settled in Baltimore years ago. They’re often referred to as a synthpop band, but guitars are a big part of what they do their music isn’t like a lot of other stuff under the “SP” umbrella. Traces of post-punk abound on the Thrill Jockey full-length released last year, On The Water, so you might find them having more in common with, say, Joy Division than a band like Erasure. Hope my amateurish and clumsy genre classification skills cleared that up for you. I had to write a little blurb about the band’s music and that’s what came out, so just give a listen for yourself and get tickets for Sunday’s show here.