THURSDAY, JANUARY 28
Bruxism #13 feat.:
@ Schlafly Tap Room / 2100 Locust St.
9 p.m. / free / all ages
Close/Far Collective's bi-monthly series takes root at the Schalfly Tap Room after two years at Foam Coffee & Beer. Stone Lobster combines the proprietor of the collective himself Nathan Cook with Dave Stone and modular synth artist Kevin Harris for an intense trio of electro-acoustic mayhem. Louis Wall builds up percussive swarms in real time, employing his own esoteric approach to build and release tension. Bruxism's move to Schlafly also means that the event no longer costs $5. Admission is free to all.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 29
Kowabunga! Kid (Champaign, IL)
Livery Company / 3227 Cherokee St.
9:30 p.m. / $5
Champaign favorites Kowabunga! Kid takes on poppy punk with a cutting style that comes and goes without wearing thin. There's a distinct vibe between songs, which differs from punk bands of yore that tend to build one general sound and stick with that. Not that Kowabunga! Kid doesn't carve its own niche, it's just that the band isn't beholden to one.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30
Weird Vibers (Columbia, MO)
Thoughts Detecting Machines (Chicago, IL)
Stomatopod (Chicago, IL)
Little Big Bangs
Foam / 3359 S. Jefferson Ave.
8 p.m. / all ages
For having "weird" in its name, Weird Vibers from Columbia is a pretty accessible band. The blown-out, loose-fit shoegaze sound permeates the songs, but the band takes a generally darker approach. Three touring acts means that you should scrape the bank for donations, even if the show allows for free admission. Little Big Bangs is the sole local support for the night but well worth the price of whatever admission you choose to pay.