Concert picks

Published12/7/2007 12:15 AM

Johnny & the Leisure Suits, 7 p.m. today at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $35. (312) 559-1212.

WLUP 97.9-FM air personality and Chicago radio veteran Jonathan Brandmeier is on the loose once again with a theater show that should revive memories of the late 1980s when he could fill the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre and Poplar Creek with then-classics like "The Moo Moo Song" along with covers retooled from the "Blues Brothers" and "Animal House" soundtracks.


The Redwalls with Jonathan Rice and The Whigs, 7 p.m. Saturday at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago. $15. (312) 559-1212.

Chicago garage rock phenoms The Redwalls return to top form after being dispatched from home label Capitol Records, which dropped the band following its merger with Virgin Records. Newly signed to the Philadelphia indie Mad Dragon, the band recently released a self-titled album recorded in Sweden with Franz Ferdinand/Cardigans producer Tore Johansson. It's a stylistic leap, with flashes of electronic dance, gauzy psychedelics and, no surprise, grinding guitar jams.

Ingrid Michaelson, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at Martyrs, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $12. (773) 404-9869.

If you're a "Grey's Anatomy" watcher, you are well-aware of Ingrid Michaelson, who has had four of her songs run through the show from time to time and has gained exposure the post-radio way: through placement in Old Navy ads and other TV shows. All the buzz circulates around "Girls and Boys" (Cabin 24), a likable folk-pop debut released almost a year ago, which positions her to be the new generation's Lisa Loeb, except wittier. "Die Alone," the morbidly catchy first song, is worth the attention alone. Stream it:

Shellac, 9 p.m. Thursday, plus additional shows at 9 p.m. Dec. 14 and noon and 9 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago. $12. (773) 227-4433.

Alternative noise-art trio Shellac headlines the Hideout for four days, six shows, starting tonight. Led by Chicago studio luminary Steve Albini, Shellac is known for loud, grim, unwieldy guitar rock. Their latest album is "Excellent Italian Greyhound" (Touch & Go). Check for news on the many different openers for this residency.

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