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Local Music Notebook: Wacos As T. Rex, Polkaholics Go Vinyl

A loose collection of whatnot.

1. Waco Brothers Play T. Rex.

And for a good cause. This is a benefit show for the Pablove Foundation and Rock For Kids at the Metro on Friday, January 11.

But the Wacos are hardly alone on the bill. Take a look.



Preview: Here's the Wacos doing "20th Century Boy" in Cleveland (June 2010).


2. The Polkaholics Record Release Party Is Really For A Record!

From Polkaholic HQ:

The Polkaholics have just released a 7-inch record with new polkas "Blue Haired Lady" and "Spaced," and will celebrate with a record release party at Quenchers, 2401 N. Western, on Saturday February 2nd, at 9 p.m., $5. It will also be Dandy Don's birthday, and so all attendees will receive a FREE copy of the record as a party favor.

Though The Polkaholics have put out eight CDs in their 15-year history, this is the first vinyl release for the band. And what a release it is! "Blue Haired Lady" tells the tale of the polka cougar that The Polkaholics hope to meet some day - a classy dame with blue hair, hard candy, tissues, coupons, Aquanet, and, of course, a will.

"Spaced" is all about a far-out pleasure trip to the moon with The Polkaholics, and how some Australian brewers saved the adventure from going terribly flat.

Both songs were recorded and mixed at Mystery Street Recording Company in Chicago, with Joe Tessone engineering and mixing. Artwork for the record was done by Nate Lilly.

Since 1997, The Polkaholics have been shaking some action with a heavy polka beat, creating a sound that fuses the beer garden with the mosh pit. Using a rock power trio of guitar (founder Dandy Don Hedeker), bass (Blitz Linster), and drums (Stylin' Steve Glover), The Polkaholics simultaneously eschew polka tradition in terms of instrumentation while embracing its tradition of do-it-yourself fun and good times.

The Polkaholics strive to make polka cool again, putting the umph into the oompah-POW and blasting polka screaming into the 21st century! In recognition of the band's longevity and impact, The Polkaholics were recently awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the International Polka Association for "15 Years of Promoting Polka Music." After 15 years, the party has just begun!


3. Green Day To Resume Tour In Chicago.

"The band canceled the rest of its 2012 club schedule and postponed the start of a 2013 arena tour after singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong's substance abuse problems emerged publicly in September when he had a profane meltdown on the stage of the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas," AP reports.

"Armstrong told fans in a statement Monday that he's 'getting better every day' and 'the show must go on.'

"The tour is scheduled to begin March 28 at the Allstate Arena in the Chicago area."


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Posted on January 1, 2013

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