Struck By Lightning
Some musical highlights for your Labor Day weekend:
•Struck By Lightning will undoubtedly come hard for their CD release show tonight at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave. If you read my profile on the band, you know I think highly of their debut LP, Serpents. Turns out I'm headed out of town too early to make it to this, so make sure to be there in my stead. Music ought to begin some time between 10 and 11 p.m. with a stellar slate of openers including Black Dove, 1point3 and Churches Burn. Free show as per usual at Carabar.
•Just up the street and around the corner at Bar of Modern Art, 583 E. Broad St., Benny Benassi will be throwing one of this town's biggest DJ parties in recent memory. As explained in my brief preview, Benassi is a rock star in the club music world — considering my ignorance in that realm, if I've heard of you, you pretty much have to be a star. So if superstar DJs are your bread and butter, better get to this gig. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets cost $25 ($35 for VIP).
•Let's hop ahead to Sunday, when Secretly Canadian's reclusive, old-school indie rockers Marmoset make a rare appearance outside Indiana at Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit St. This hype thread suggests symphonic twee supergroup Super Desserts will play at 8 p.m. followed by Marmoset at 9. It also promises a treat for fans of "esoteric pop records" from the likes of Syd Barrett, Brian Eno, Guided by Voices, etc. Should be $5. Karaoke afterward!
•Go back to Bobo the next night to wash down your BBQ with Smith Westerns, Chicago's teenage answer to the Black Lips, who star in the ridiculous video clip above. Also playing are The Blobs (ex-Blue Revision), Chris Burney (ex-The Sun) and The Sports Bras (ex-Vegetative State). Lots of reshuffled rockers for one night.
•Also Monday, Austin's Guy Forsyth Band is playing Rumba Cafe, 2507 Summit St. Nice set of pipes on that guy, like a less affected (and less annoying) Tom Waits leading his ensemble through smoky blues, Americana and pop. 8 p.m. show, $7 cover.