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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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Monsters of trailblazing first wave indie rock, Meat Puppets and Mike Watt share a double bill tonight at Lincoln Hall!
  • Very good standup Nikki Glaser headlines Thalia Hall tonight, with support from ex-Chicagoan Tom Thakkar!
  • Big Freedia and Downtown Boys play a strong as hell one-two punch of a show at the Empty Bottle, in celebration of the Empty Bottle’s 25th anniversary.
  • Queer variety show SPACE at Hyde Park’s Revival theater is back for another inclusive night of mind-expanding comedy, dance, storytelling, and more!
  • Prom night for grown ups, Prom-A-Llama Boom! Boom! 2017 happens at 1st Ward in the back half of Chop Shop in Wicker Park, gives yall the chance to strut your stuff like you’re back in high school but you don’t have to sneak booze in, they’ll just have it!
  • Subterranean’s got a show from Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Magicks, and Anti/Beyond.
  • Locals Big Sadie celebrates the release of their new album, Keep Me Waiting, tonight at the Hideout, joined by their friend Gia Margaret.
  • The Museum of Contemporary Photography’s got a cool looking mixer which allows you to meet and chat with MoCP staff and council members, to hear about what goes on behind the scenes over there. What a nice opportunity.
  • Pert Near Sandstone, Dead Horses, and Growler play Schubas!
  • It’s very much worth the trip out to Long Grove, IL if it’s for the Long Grove Chocolate Festival, happening all this weekend and starting tonight!
  • Folk musician Jodee Lewis headlines the Hideout with an opening set from Escaping Pavement.
  • Freelance Wrestling’s back with another indie rasslin’ event at the Berwyn Eagles 2125 out in Berwyn. Check it out if this is your sort of thing!
  • Ballyhoo!, The Holdup, and Darenots play Beat Kitchen.
  • America’s Got Talent weirdo Tape Face is doing whatever it is that he does at Park West tonight. Magic or something I think? Or juggling?


  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • The Empty Bottle hosts a Spring Record Label Fair today, featuring vendors from some of the city’s best indie record labels.
  • Head to the Hideout this afternoon for the Make X book release party and BBQ, with music, comedy, and live readings happening!
  • The Music Box Theatre’s got a pre-noon screening of the animated classic Watership Down.
  • The Humboldt Mile 2017 is a charity mile race supporting suicide prevention and mental health education. A mile’s not even that far to run, so you should probably do this!
  • Mayfest is the unofficial kickoff to Summer’s street festival season here in Chicago. Music, vendors, deep-fried food.
  • Oh boy, the Midwest Anime and Manga Convention, Anime Central, comes to Rosemont this weekend. If you’re interested in this event, you probably already know about it, so I mean, I guess I don’t have to write it up here, but, you know… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Then, night stuff:
  • Eddie Pepitone is one of the best standup comics going. You have two chances to see him headline The Hideout tonight, with opening sets from various Lincoln Lodge castmembers.
  • Incredible 90’s rap group Digable Planets headlines the Metro. These guys are very good live.
  • Fans of early Modest Mouse and other downtempo Pacific Northwest indie rock would do well to check out the very excellent Told Slant at Subterranean’s Downstairs space tonight. They’re joined by Hello Shark, Alex Napping, and Anna McClellan.
  • The Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual gala ball, Zoo-ologie, is back with the fancy theme of A Midsummer Night’s Roar (like Shakespeare but lions!).
  • Oddisee is a super underrated rapper that you should definitely check out at Lincoln Hall, with support from Oliver St. Louis.
  • The Chicago Outfit Roller Derby collective has a rad looking home bout happening at the Windy City Fieldhouse.
  • Americanaman Justin Townes Earle is at Thalia Hall with guests the Sadies.
  • Jim Breuer is a stand up comic and he also has a vanity music project called Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, and you get to see him do both tonight.
  • Miles Mosley + The West Coast Get Down and Swamp Heat appear at Schubas.
  • Ha Ha Tonka, Trapper Schoepp, and The Inventors appear at Empty Bottle.
  • Want to do a fun run at night in a sort of rave-y environment at Soldier Field tonight? Why not, I guess?
  • The Hideout Dance Party’s got a DJ set from jockey collective Sonorama.
  • Well-loved singer Norah Jones kicks off a two night run at the Chicago Theatre tonight. Wow!
  • Oddball rapper Ugly God headlines the Concord Music Hall. This dude’s popular as hell in certain parts of the internet.