Chicago Best Weekend Bets

Happy Pitchfork weekend! Sure, the headliners are great but we’re most excited to see PJ Harvey. PJ Harvey fucking rules.

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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

  • Folks, it’s Pitchfork Fest weekend and that means there’s a bunch of cool shit happening in town. Even more than usual. For example Sonic Youthman Thurston Moore appears in conversation with Pitchfork’s Jenn Pelly at the MCA.
  • Chicago-born, DC-based variety/talk show You, Me, Them, Everybody returns to it’s former home base of Hungry Brain for a live taping featuring guests like Christian Picciolini, Bill Bullock, and Daniel Knox.
  • The supremely gifted guitarist William Tyler is doing incredible work on on the front lines of New Cosmic American music; take in his blissed out take on kraut-infused Americana tonight at Constellation. Fielded opens!
  • Jamila Woods plays Thalia Hall in the round tonight for another very cool Pitchfork preparty.
  • LCD Soundsystem’s Gavin Rossom headlines Femme’s Room at Berlin Nightclub tonight.
  • The Music Box’s 70mm Film Festival is showing Spartacus and Interstellar on the big, big screen tonight!
  • Following his chat at the MCA, Thurston Moore and The Thurston Moore Group play a Pitchfork preparty at the Empty Bottle with SHELLS.
  • Throwback rockers Southern Culture On The Skids headline Schubas with openers The Limbos.
  • Still riding that Baby Driver buzz? Keep it going a bit longer with an earlier Edgar Wright work, Shaun of the Dead at the Logan Theatre.
  • Dapper Dan man Blair Crimmins and the Hookers headline Beat Kitchen, with guests Bubbles Brown, Sanctified Grumblers, and The Black Oil Brothers. Lots of vests gonna be worn at this show, I bet.
  • Virtue Cider’s throwing a backyard party at the Bucktown Pub. Go sip some hard cider and maybe win tickets to Pitchfork??
  • Culty singer/songwriter Matthew Sweet headlines City Winery tonight.
  • Join the folks at Off Color Brewing at The Field Museum for a release party of their new QingMing beer, inspired by artifacts unearthed on various digs across Eastern Asia.
  • Bucket O’Blood Books & Records’ latest edition of their Bloody Reads book club reconvenes to discuss Stephen King’s It.

FRIDAY

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Hell yeah baby Pitchfork Fest day one. Catch LCD Soundsystem, Danny Brown, Vince Staples, Dirty Projectors, and many, many more!
  • The Virgin Hotel’s got some post-fork shenanigans of their own planned, including DJ sets from Nancy Whang from LCD Soundsystem, Joey Purp, and Wild Belle, plus a live show featuring Frankie Cosmos, Hoops, and Divino Nino.
  • Toad The Wet Sprocket (wow!) plays The Vic tonight. Wow!
  • The Music Box has a screening of The Little Hours, a new movie that could also be titled Bad Nuns or something. Anyways Aubrey Plaza is one of the stars of the movie and she’s gonna be there for a Q&A afterwards alongside the director Jeff Baena, who also happens to be dating Plaza.
  • Garage poppers Cherry Glazerr headline a P4k aftershow at Schubas, with guests Pool Holograph and Curt Oren.
  • The incredibly stacked Comedy Get Down comes to the United Center with performances from Cedric The Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and George Lopez. Damn.
  • Slo Mo’s got a Pitchfork afterparty at the Ace Hotel featuring Madame Gandhi.
  • Good Evening with Pat Whalen returns for its 30th installation, chatting about politics from both a local and global perspective with guests like State Senator Daniel Biss and journalist Paris Schutz.
  • Ages and Ages, The Diving Bell, and Milzen play Beat Kitchen.
  • Head to the hugely underrated International Museum of Surgical Science for a toast to the 1920’s, featuring cocktails from the folks at Violet Hour!
  • Christopher Paul Stelling, Hello Death, and Cold Country are at the Empty Bottle tonight.
  • The Hideout’s very nice Picnics on the Porch series is back with musical guests Lady Parts.
  • Me’Chelle and the Crystal Stones headlines the late show at the Hideout with an opening set from Tommy Carroll.
  • Not a Pitchfork king of person? Perhaps Chicago Open Air will be more your speed, where you can see folks like Kiss, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, and Anthrax tonight at Toyota Park out in Bridgeview!

SATURDAY

  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • Pitchfork day two has sets from our GIF person PJ Harvey, as well as other folks like A Tribe Called Quest, Angel Olsen, The Feelies, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, and many more!
  • The Southport Art Festival takes over the Southport Corridor with family-friendly festivities and artwork!
  • While the Southport Art Festival rages on ourside, dip into the Music Box for three hours of Looney Tunes cartoons projected in 35mm, for FREE. Incredible.
  • The Thai Food Festival comes to Lakeview with a celebrations of authentic Thai cusine!
  • Check out the Windy City Smokeout, a BBQ blowout full of meat, country music, and booze.
  • BYO Nerf gear to a Nerf War at Millennium Park, where hundreds of strangers will convene to shoot foam darts at each other.
  • The Humana Rock’n’Roll Chicago Half Marathon happens this weekend, as well, if you’d like to run like 13 miles.
  • Day two of Chicago Open Air has significantly more butt rock than the other days, with headliners Korn, Godsmack, Seether, Clutch, and more. Fine!

  • Then, night stuff:
  • Priests is one of the best punk bands going, catch them play a Pitchfork aftershow at Schubas, with a very strong double shot of local openers, Deeper and Espejos.
  • Local horror comedy/noise music vomfest Helltrap Nightmare returns to the Hideout with a megabill featuring sets from Oozing Wound, The Shrimp Boys, Rebecca O’Neal, Max and Danny with Eric, and more.
  • Ex-Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton coheadlines Constellation with local experimental/indie scamp Tim Kinsella.
  • Ghouldini’s Summer Bash at Slate Arts & Performance in Wicker Park is a Chicago comedy summertime party hosted by the city’s most gruesome public access TV host, Ghouldini, with appearances from some of the best comedy acts in town.
  • The Virgin Hotel’s got more Pitchfork adjacent parties, including DJ sets from Hanna & Lady D with Michael Serafini and Stefan Ponce & Madlib throughout the day.
  • Indie rock gem Vagabon plays a Pitchfork post-party at Beat Kitchen with opener Tasha.
  • NE-HI and Parent play a Pitchfork aftershow at Lincoln Hall. Late night rock music!
  • Matty B Raps is a very ridiculous Youtube channel featuring a 14 year old white kid who raps, doing mostly covers but also some originals. Check out young MattyB at the Vic, a venue the size of which most artists will never be able to fill.
  • Hideout Dance Party’s got DJ sets from Eris Drew and Madeline.
  • Beta Play plays the early show at the Beat Kitchen tonight.
  • Weirdo rockers Broncho headlines Subterranean with guests Billy Changer.
  • Best Ex, Promise of Redemption, Mark Rose, Baggage, and Kozie play a rare non hardcore/non hip hop five band bill in the Downstairs space at Subterranean.
  • Check out Wacka Flocka headlining at the Metro. Damn! DJ Whoo Kid opens.
  • Not in the mood for concerts after a day full of live music? Head over to the Empty Bottle post-fork and get some dancing done at the Windy City Soul Club!

SUNDAY

  • Final day of Pitchfork might be its strongest? Solange, American Football, Pinegrove, Joey Purp, Nicolas Jaar, etc etc etc. Really good shit.
  • Kilo Kish, Oddcouple, and Vagabon is a very good lineup appearing at the Virgin Hotel for a Pitchfork aftershow.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! appears at The Vic for the first of two shows, this one featurs the gang riffing on the film EEGAH.
  • MST3K Live #2 at the Vic features a screening of a very secret surprise film. What could it be??!??
  • American Football bring the twinkles to the Empty Bottle to close out Pitchfork weekend with deeply felt if partially obscured emotion.
  • Old rock people rejoice, Ozzy Osbourne and Slayer coheadline the final night of Chicago Open Air fest. Stone Sour, Lamb of God, Amon Amarth, and many more round the day out.
  • Catch a screening of comedy classic The Birdcage at the Music Box.
  • Two woodwind maniacs, Colin Stetson and Justin Walter play a Pitchfork aftershow at Constellation.
  • Chinese rock group Re-TROS and locals Bur play Schubas this evening.
  • Head to the Logan Theatre for a screening of The Graduate, which is, of course, a very good movie!
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers at the dang City Winery this evening. Member them?!?
  • Good news, jamheads, Phish is at the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Ride the vibes all nite long.
  • Looking for something a bit more… classical? But maybe still some explosions also? Ravinias got you taken care of, with a Tchaikovsky Spectacular starring the CSO Orchestra. They’re gonna do the 1812 Overture and blast off some cannons!