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Chicago Agenda: Wednesday, February 5

BY: Tyler Clark | Feb 4, 2014
Chicago Agenda: Wednesday, February 5On today’s agenda: multigenerational psych rock from Black Angels and Roky Erickson, Kuma’s new beer partnership, and a sewing class with indie crafter Steff Bomb. Chicago-Agenda-Wednesday-February-5_600c390 Black Angels & Roky Erickson The Black Angels join venerable ‘60s icon Roky Erickson for a exploration of psych rock’s darker corners If you name your band after a Velvet Underground song and fill your first album with psychedelic dirges about the Vietnam War, you’d better hope you have the chops to weather comparisons to your source material. Since hitting the scene with 2006’s Passover, the Black Angels have done just that, turning back naysayers with a blend of crushing riffs, just-rough-enough production, and menace-tinged lyrics reminiscent of Jim Morrison’s creepiest smiles. This devotion to the darker side of the ‘60s didn’t just help them stand out—it also gained them the respect of one of the era’s overlooked masters. Tonight, at Park West (322 W. Armitage Ave.), the Black Angels continue their years-long collaboration with fellow Austinite Roky Erickson, the former 13th Floor Elevators frontman belatedly recognized as one of America’s psych pioneers. On past tours, the Angels pulled double duty as Erickson’s backing band; tonight, he’ll instead be accompanied by the bluesy riffs of The Hounds of Baskerville, a band fronted by his own son Jegar. (8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $26; buy tickets here) Metal Beers & Burgers Kuma’s and DryHop Brewers forge a food alliance with burgers and beers inspired by popular metal bands When it comes to burgers forged in the white-hot fire of rock, the gourmet metalheads at Kuma’s are the undisputed champions. Now, having conquered the burger world, they’re branching out to the kingdom next door: beer. Working with the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, they’ve partnered with DryHop Brewers (3155 N. Broadway Ave.) to create brews-and-burger pairings honor of three more metal favorites. Tonight, they’ll unveil the first of these combos (inspired by Portland axemasters Red Fang) at DryHop’s brewpub. Designed Kuma’s Michael Jarvis, Red Fang II matches a cooked-to-order burger with housemade jalapeño beer cheese, beer-battered onion rings, and a house barbecue sauce. The burger goes well with DryHop’s Reverse Thunder, a massive imperial red clocking in at an impressive 8.0% ABV. If you can’t make it tonight, never fear: the burger and brew will be available at Kuma’s Corner, Kuma’s Too, and DryHop starting Thursday. (6 p.m. Admission is free.) Chicago Makes Workshop with Steff Bomb Need a new friend? Make one of your own with this stuffed-creation sewing class from iconic indie crafter Steff Bomb If you’ve ever watched TLC’s Craft Wars (or gushed over stuffed animals at Renegade Craft Fair), chances are you’re already acquainted with Steff Bomb’s work. Her occasionally macabre, always adorable plush creations helped her win reality television’s most DIY competition and earned her the nod for Best Indie Crafter in last year’s Best of Chicago poll from the Chicago Reader. Tonight, she’ll share some of her expertise with aspiring crafters at the inaugural Chicago Makes class at Sew Crafty Studio (2320 N. Damen Ave.). Students put their new hand-sewing techniques to use right away, crafting a cute piece of anthropomorphic cake to take home. Refreshments including actual, non-stuffed cake and beer from Revolution Brewing. If cake isn’t your thing, check out this “lump of coal” plush tutorial Steff created for us. ($35; email Sew Crafty Studio to reserve a spot.) Photo courtesy of the Black Angels