* Morrissey has postponed a series of tour dates, including a Thursday, Nov. 1st date at Lincoln’s Rococo Theater, 140 North 13th St. in Lincoln. All tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date, which as not been announced yet. Morrissey scrapped the dates to return home to England because his mother fell ill.
* Snake Island appeared on a special Halloween episode of Chicago public access television show Chic-A-Go-Go. The band appeared in costume, playing “All of My Friends Are Wolfmen”. The long-running show features indie, rock and punk acts playing to hordes of Chicago-area kids, who dance along to the performances.
* Make Believe Studios and its label imprint Make Believe Recordings are putting on a free showcase concert Saturday, November 17th at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The show highlights some of the artists that have worked in the Little Italy studio during the past year. Lightning Bug, Bear Stories, Snake Island, Conchance, Black Jonny Quest, and Dojorok are all set to perform. The label will also give concert attendees a free Make Believe compilation CD at the door.
* Cursive now has enough of a catalogue to play what amounted to a greatest hits set Sunday, October 28th at the Slowdown, 729 North 14th St. The band’s inclusion of material from their 2012 album, I Am Gemini, fit in with some of the band’s early twitchier, less melodic material, but only “The Sun and the Moon” seemed to hold up well to Cursive’s best-known material like “Art is Hard”, “From the Hips” and “The Recluse”. Meanwhile, Minus the Bear kept the night’s crowd even after Cursive took its bow. The Pacific Northwest band has evolved from its indie roots. The band’s alternative rock bombast at times covered over the intricate layers that the math-rock-inspired act weaves through its sound. The band’s distinctive finger-tapped guitar parts often were too subtle to be heard above the rest of the band. Still newer songs like “Our Time” hold on to a strong core melody, suggesting that Minus the Bear are finding ways to make its present sound strong.
* The big developing story of the week may just be the pending sale of a staple live music bar from its current owner to a new ownership group. The incoming owners have apparently held off on an announcement until all details of the sale have been finalized.