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THIS_WEEK_ON_BYTWe write stuff. Here’s some of that stuff from the last week that may be applicable to your preferences!

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THURSDAY

  • The Empty Bottle is very clever and is hosting a JOINT record release show today, the stoniest of days, ye olde 4/20. Local rock bands The Bingers and Peach Fuzz are both celebrating the release of a new record today, and are joined by their fellow Chicagoans Glyders on top of it all.
  • Not to be outdone, the Hideout’s got a damn TRIPLE record release show, fearturing sets from Dark Fog, Bionic Cavemen, and The Velcro Lewis Group, all of whom have albums coming out. Insane.
  • The Taste of Iceland is a weekend-long celebration of all things Icelandic. The ToI presents a free cocktail class at The Gwen this evening.
  • Charmingly debaucherous rapper 21 Savage’s Issa Tour stops through House of Blues with opening sets from Young M.A. and more!
  • Columbia College’s 11th Annual Biggest Mouth Competition comes to the Metro tonight.
  • Mad Dogs and Englishmen are a self-described “revival of the entire 1970 Joe Cocker/Leon Russell concert experience” and it’s coming to Lincoln Hall this evening alongside Remember Jones and their 20 piece band.
  • Local arts/news organization Public Narrative hosts the latest installment of their ongoing Public Newsroom public education series with Public Newsroom #9: Police in Chicago Public Schools.
  • Crystal Garden, a band which features Boyd Tinsley of the Dave Matthews Band, headlines Schubas with support from Arclight.
  • Garage poppers Terry Malts play Beat Kitchen with opening sets from Business of Dreams and Lifestyles.
  • Joe’s On Weed Street has a Yacht Rock Revue planned for you.
  • It’s that time of the month: Emo night at the Burlington returns.
  • Pop punk band Direct Hit! plays Township tonight alongside The Brokedowns and Bad Mechanics.
  • Betty Who and Verite play the Concord Music Hall.
  • As I mentioned earlier, it is indeed 4/20 which is *hilarious* and therefore it’s time for a 4/20 SuperJam featuring a bunch of dudes from disparate jam bands playing together at Emporium Arcade Bar if that’s something that sounds interesting to you.

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • It’s Record Store Day which means obnoxious, unnecessary limited pressings of music from major labels that you don’t want or need! It also means some quality record shops throughout the city have nice parties planned for you, including: Shuga Records, Bucket O’Blood, Laurie’s Planet of Sound, Pinwheel Records, and many more.
  • Also worth checking out is the annual Numero Group popup shop at Comfort Station.
  • Empty Bottle’s got a Record Store Day shindig of their own, which doubles as a Hand Over First release party and a live panel about Intersectional Feminism in Music, along with sets from So Pretty, Oops, and DJ Jill Hopkins.
  • The much buzzed about and very important March For Science happens today. Go stand up for your planet.
  • The Taste of Iceland continues here at venues across Chicago. Catch a storytelling show in the Drawing Room of the Chicago Athletic Association hotel this afternoon!
  • Hey nerds, I have some great news for you: C2E2 is back! Though if you were a true nerd you probably already knew that. Either way, go do whatever it is you do at comic cons, folks!
  • Go sample some damn vino, as the inaugural Chicago Wine Fest has come to The Lakewood.
  • Speaking of delicious festivals, Old Crow Smokehouse in River North’s got a dang Donut Fest happening today.
  • Catch a screening of the brilliant Harry Nilsson animated flick The Point at the Music Box!
  • Then, night stuff:
  • Get freaky at the Empty Bottle during the Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 show, with special guest Madeline Kenney.
  • Thalia Hall’s got a show from the always thrilling of Montreal, who are joined by Christina Schneider’s Jepeto Solutions and Vail.
  • Local rock heroes Melkbelly play the Downstairs space at Subterranean with opening sets from The Spirit of the Beehive, Yeesh, and Coaster.
  • Singer-songwriter/handsome man Sondre Lerche plays Lincoln Hall with an opening set from the very rad electronic artists Dedekind Cut.
  • Get in touch with the roots of indie rock with a show from Split Single and R. Ring, which features Kelley Deal from The Breeders.
  • Something very much worth checking out is to NOT A HOAX, a benefit at the Garfield Park Conservatory for the NRDC, a non-profit that works to protect the planet!
  • Excellent indie rock band Aye Nako headlines the late show at Beat Kitchen, with openers Ganser and Cabrona.
  • Check out a bout of roller derby from our very own Windy City Rollers’ travel team! It’s their home opener and it’s happening at the Broadway Armory Park.
  • Night two of the Jeff Tweedy solo benefit show experience!
  • Julianne and Derek Hough dance through the Chicago Theatre to show off all their moves! Take heed, Dancing With The Stars fans!
  • The Sound of Silent Film Festival at the Music Box features a series of modern silent films soundtracked by live musical accompaniment and looks to be cool as damn hell.
  • Post-metal wildboys Mono headlines Subterranean tonight with openers Holy Sons.
  • Live modern dance/experimental art variety show ¡JUST Dance! with TRQPiTECA comes to the Co-Prosperity Sphere. This looks very cool.
  • Folkies the Great Lake Swimmers play the Hideout with Brooke Annibale.
  • Urbanite XX, a dance showcase and party comes to the Metro this evening.
  • Solid show at the Beat Kitchen has Eskimeaux, Ratboys, and Water From Your Eyes on deck to perform.
  • Sideshow Gallery on Western has the opening reception of their new Tarot Art Show!

SUNDAY

  • Cheetah Chrome & Johnny Blitz of Dead Boys are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their legendary album Young Loud and Snotty by playing through the whole dang thing tonight at the Empty Bottle. With guests The Evictions and VietRahm.
  • Another group of punk rock legends are on a 40th anniversary victory lap tour, The Damned play House of Blues tonight!
  • Spend an evening with comedy legend Dick Gregory tonight at the Promontory! Dude is one of the greats!
  • Prince’s backing band, The Revolution, are touring and stopping through Chicago at the Metro.
  • Time Out Chicago’s hosting WingFest at Deuce’s and The Diamond Club. Go feast on some damn WINGS up in Wrigleyville!
  • High quality comedy collective Hoo HA Comedy is back at it at Schubas with a quality lineup of very funny local comics.
  • Schubas hosts a benefit for the Old Town School of Folk Music called This Land is Your Land, with music from Campeau & Craig, Pickin’ Bubs, and Mark Dvorak.
  • Live lit series Fictlicious is back at The Hideout!
  • The Whistler and North Coast Brewing have teamed up to bring you some hot jazz shows. Saxophonist Greg Ward’s new septet is on deck for tonight’s performance!
  • Very popular vintage market Vintage Garage Chicago has its 2017 Season Opener today up in Edgewater! Go find some stuff!
  • Nouveau, Zeta, Crowning, and Ghost of a Dead Hummingbird play Downstairs at Subt.
  • Local artist Rachal Duggan will be doing live illustrations of your requests today at Comfort Station!
  • Cross-generational experimental arts collective Ag47 Collective presents the fruits of their latest collaborations at their new showcase MAGIC.
  • Lagunitas’ Chicago taproom hosts a vinyl raffle/swap meet for all you beer/music nerds out there.
  • The Garfield Park Conservatory’s got another installation of their Music Under Glass concert series, with a special focus on stringed instruments and European composers.