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Ben Savage turned 37 yesterday. Happy birthday, boy from Boy Meets World! Ben is from Chicago. Maybe he’ll be at Riot Fest! Maybe he’s a big Nine Inch Nails fan!

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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!



  • Very stacked show at the Empty Bottle featuring chill tunes care of Hoops, Lala Lala, and Amy O.
  • Jay Som’s super super good and so are Stef Chura and Soccer Mommy, which makes this a very solid show, happening at Subterranean.
  • The Logan Theatre’s got a screening of Don’t Break Down, a documentary about Jawbreaker.
  • Newly reunited emo icons Rainer Maria are back and headlining Lincoln Hall, with openers Olivia Neutron John.
  • The 48 Hour Film Project has been going on all week here in Chicago and the Music Box hosts the Best of Chicago awards tonight, honoring the shining achievements in economical filmmaking!
  • Indie rockers Strand of Oaks headlines Evanston Space tonight with support from Jason Anderson.
  • Iconic weirdos of Montreal, Showtime Goma, and Nancy Feast play the Logan Square Auditorium.
  • New comedy play The Funny Papers, written by and starring some very funny Chicago comedians, starts tonight at the Prop Thtr.
  • Thalia Hall’s ongoing free Latin music series continues tonight with a set from Moderatto.
  • Electroweirdo Tobacco headlines Smartbar tonight alongside J Alvarez.
  • Trashy cult disaster Howard The Duck screens at the Logan Theatre late tonight.
  • Sam Evian, Parent, and Bunny play Schubas tonight. Another good show!
  • The Therapy Sessions, a chat show that’s in touch with its emotions, has guests Bret Koontz and Sally Lawton tonight.
  • The House of Vans hosts the official Riot Fest Late Night Kick-off Show Featuring The Orwells.


Sheer Mag are one of the best rock bands going and you get to see them at Thalia Hall tonight with two additional excellent bands, Flesh World and Negative Scanner.
  • Absolutely legendary psych rock warrior Roky Erickson plays the Empty Bottle tonight alongside Death Valley Girls and Strychnine.
  • Reservoir Dogs came out 25 years ago and in celebration of this fact the Music Box is showing a brand new 35mm print of the iconic 90s movie!
  • Riot Fest starts today, with folks like Nine Inch Nails, New Order, Vic Mensa, Ministry, X, and a bunch more.
  • Local boutique record label Orindal Records showcases some of their best acts at the Hideout, including Dear Nora, Nick Krgovich, Karima Walker, and Advance Base.
  • We’re halfway to St. Patricks Day, did you know that? The Irish American Heritage Center hosts a halfway there gathering to celebrate.
  • Cap’n Jazz and Rapperchicks play a Riot Fest afterparty at Bottom Lounge.
  • Goth country dudes Elliott Brood are at Schubas with Max Subar and Half Gringa.
  • High quality local politics/comedy talk show Good Evening with Pat Whalen has an education themed episode, with special guest Troy LaRaviere, plus comedian Vikram Pandya, and musical guests Freesole.
  • Pop songwriter Dan Croll headlines a show presented by 93XRT at Lincoln Hall. The Dig opens.
  • The supercharmers in Haim are back in town with special guests LPX at the Riviera.
  • Oh Wonder brings their Ultralife Tour to the Vic tonight with Jaymes Young.


  • Do some daytime stuff:
  • Day two of Riot Fest means sets from folks like Queens of the Stone Age, Wu-Tang Clan, At The Drive In, Danzig, Bad Brains, and a hell of a lot more.
  • The dad rock DJ collective Dad’s Basement soundtracks your brunchtime hangs at the Empty Bottle.
  • The kids at School of Rock Hinsdale play live at Lincoln Hall today, to the delight of friends, family, and supportive strangers!
  • An American Tail: Fievel Goes West screens at the Music Box.
  • Megashowcase of art and design Expo Chicago 2017 takes over Navy Pier this weekend.
  • The Chicagoland Lionel Railroad Club have an Open House planned for you out in New Lenox. Go look at some model trains!
  • The Pilsen Community Market throws a Viva Mexico! party, showcasing vendors, music, games, and more!

  • Then, night stuff:
  • Dinosaur Jr. and Built to Spill, the two bands I’m most excited to see at Riot Fest because I’m 10000 years old but also never got into Jawbreaker, also do a Riot Fest after party double bill tonight at Bottom Lounge. Nice.
  • Art rock godfathers Wire play the Metro which rules. Noveller who is also extremely good is opening.
  • Massillon: A Night of Film and Music takes over the Hideout tonight with performances from Jessica Marks, Drea the Vibe Dealer, and Christopher Church.
  • The Music Box is showing the absolute classic Heathers at midnight tonight.
  • The Windy City Soul Club takes over the Empty Bottle tonight for another evening of dancing to classic soul jams.
  • Picture This and Zigtebra anchor a night of weirdo pop music at Schubas.
  • The latest edition of the Promontory’s silent disco party has a house music themed event for y’all to quietly dance to.
  • Great news, classy Metallica fans! Apocalyptica, a quartet of cellos who cover Metallica songs, play the extremely fancy Park West venue tonight.
  • The Roosevelts and The Diving Bell are at Subterranean.
  • Challengers Comics hosts a brand new group art show of Rick and Morty-themed art.
  • World Music Fest welcomes Mariachi Flor de Toloache and Los Hijos de La Montana as a part of their Sor Juana Festival and Mexican Independence Day celebration.
  • Sun Foot and Sally Timms play an intimate Americana show in the Hideout’s front room.
  • Dark Matter’s AfroFuturist Weekend Residency at Elastic Arts brings you music from folks like Justin Demus, Megiapa, and Blvck Spvde tonight!


  • Killer show at Subterranean featuring Vagabon, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, and Morimoto. That Vagabon record… It’s so good!
  • Heavy glam rockers A Giant Dog return to the Empty Bottle, joined by Platinum Boys and Lifestyles.
  • It’s the final day of Riot Fest, featuring sets from Jawbreaker, Paramore, Built to Spill, Dinosaur Jr., The Mighty Mighty Bostones, and more!
  • The super popular Chicago-born comedy podcast Hello From The Magic Tavern records a live episode at the Music Box.
  • In addition to being the best venue in Chicago, the Hideout is also a haven for progressive politics, which also rules. Catch an event tonight that pays tribute to organizer and Black Panther Bobby Lee.
  • The Dark Matter AfroFuturist Weekend continues at Elastic Arts with performances from the Dark Matter String Band featuring James Sanders and Christian Dillinghan and Mykele Deville.
  • Wild punk group Gogol Bordello play a Riot Fest aftershow at Concord Music Hall.
  • The Midnight Circus in the Park isn’t actually at midnight (points!!!) but it is in the park, specifically Wicker Park. Check it out!
  • Monsters of garage rock Thee Oh Sees play Thalia Hall tonight with special guests Ganser.
  • The Empty Bottle’s got another nice looking afternoon Cajun Dance Party, soundtracked by the Terr Family Band.
  • OG so-bad-it’s-good classic Manos: The Hands of Fate plays at the Logan Theatre tonight.
  • Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows play the double bill of the century at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.
  • Check out the Ravenswood Art Walk and see what this underrated Northwestern neighborhood has to offer, artwise!