Until the Quiet Comes: Chicago Live Music in October

img 8967 Until the Quiet Comes: Chicago Live Music in October

Wicker Park in Autumn

Something clicked in October, and I found myself at eight shows in just 15 days, likely due to a mix of early onset Seasonal Affective Disorder and rise in tours before the end of the year. It’s a lot of music to consume, and while I’m still digesting it all, I’m already planning for more. Below are the eight shows I saw in the last two weeks. Below that are the nine shows I plan to see before the end of the month. Care to join?

10/2 – She Keeps Bees @ Empty Bottle

In no way is this meant to be sexist: chicks rock 2012. Jessica Larrabee—lead singer and songwriter of She Keeps Bees—has got a voice as huge as it is real, not unlike Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond and Hazards of Love. Larrabee makes up for her shortcomings in songwriting by adding texture and warmth through her voice and guitar, which is further expanded by her excellent drummer Andy LaPlant. In a world where Florence Welch and Adele Adkins can become international superstars, it’s nice to be able to rock with an similarly as strong voice in a much more intimate setting.