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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!






  • Three hugely exciting rappers, Mick Jenkins, Smino, and Kweku Collins play a very cheap and awesome looking show at Thalia Hall tonight. Get over there, you guys.
  • NOTS is a great rock band. They play live at the Empty Bottle, supported by Trampoline Team, The Sueves, and Bottomfeeders, who are all also good at rock music.
  • Grateful Dead legend Bob Weir’s got an evening’s worth of material for you. Enjoy!
  • Well-loved storytelling open mic Grown Folks Stories returns to The Silver Room.
  • Ghostface Killah and Oddcouple coheadline a special Chicago Ideas Week afterparty at the Metro. Hell yes.
  • M83 headlines the Riv, with special guest Shura.
  • Cut Copy DJs at the Mid, which is cool. Cut Copy is good.
  • New weekly workshop series Public Newsroom launches this week, for all you fans of actual capital J Journalism.
  • Clear Plastic Masks and Brendan & The Black Jackets play Schubas.
  • Go reminisce about the times when early 2000s pop punk wasn’t nostalgia and was just the music you listened to, tonight at Chicago Emo Night at the Burlington.
  • Hey teens, Citizen, Nicole Dollanganger, and Free At Last play the Beat Kitchen.
  • Aussie singer-songwriter RY X plays a special extended set at Lincoln Hall tonight.
  • Kelly Clarkson (yes THAT Kelly Clarkson) signs and reads from her new book today at the Barnes & Noble in Skokie.
  • Helado Negro is a very good band, see them at the Hideout with Metal Tongues and Sonorama.
  • And then stick around for the late night Sonorama Dance Party afterwards at the Hideout.




  • Wildly talented (and frustratingly underrated) singer/songwriter Cass McCombs brings his Band to the Empty Bottle, joined by Delicate Steve.
  • Genre filmmaker extraordinaire Ti West stops by the Music Box for a opening night screening of the very good looking western In A Valley of Violence.
  • Alt rock legends Teenage Fanclub play the Bottom Lounge, with opener Sam Evian.
  • Garage poppers Sunflower Bean headlines a nice looking show with support from The Lemon Twigs and Joe Bordenaro + The Late Bloomers.
  • Indie kings Deerhunter come to the Metro for an intimate performance, with special guests Aldous Harding and Jock Gang.
  • See the Top 3 Drag Super Stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 live for one night only at Roscoe’s Tavern on Halsted! What a dream!
  • Sum 41 brings their “Don’t Call It A Sum-Back Tour” to the House of Blues. Recent setlists seem to point to 3-4 songs from All Killer, No Filler, max, which is bogus.
  • Singer songwriter fella Ben Rector plays The Chicago Theatre, of all places.
  • Local garage scene royalty White Mystery play a free show at the Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub.
  • Culty podcast duo Jake and Amir (Hurwitz & Blumenfeld, respectively) bring their “If I Were You” ‘cast to Park West.
  • Jam heroes Poi Dog Pondering plays the Vic with guests DJ-Baby Blu and Brother StarRace (!!!!!!!).
  • J&L Defer, RXM Reality, and The Evening Glow play The Hideout.
  • Head to CHI PRC for the opening reception of In-Between Panels: A Comics & Illustration Show, featuring art from a bunch of local graphic artists!
  • Colbie Caillat’s Malibu Sessions Acoustic Tour rolls through Thalia Hall tonight, with opening sets from High Dive Heart and Justin Young.






  • Grimy rock band Paint Fumes storms the Empty Bottle tonight, with opening sets from Beastiii and Poison Boys.
  • Grab the kids and see the world-famous Octonauts live at the Rosemont Theatre. Damn!
  • Billie Joe and the boys in Green Day play an intimate (for them) show at the Aragon. Damn!
  • The Moth brings one of it’s acclaimed StorySLAM events to Lincoln Hall. Got a story to share? Bring it!
  • Kayo Dot, The End of the Ocean, Vaskula, and The Gabriel Construct play Cobra Lounge on Ashland tonight.
  • ZINEmercado takes over the Comfort Station in Logan Square, with a celebration of all things DIY and zine-related.
  • Longtime electronic bloopsters VNV Nation celebrate their 20th anniversary at the Metro tonight.
  • The Empty Bottle Book Club convenes to discuss the incredible Phoebe Robinson’s You Can’t Touch My Hair this afternoon.
  • If you’ve got the heart/stomach, catch a screening of the very heavy/necessary doc Blood Lions with a Q&A with the film’s director Bruce Young, at the Music Box.
  • Head out to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare for damn ‘80s Toycon, with special throwback guests and vintage vendors.
  • Logan Square book/record shop Bucket O’ Blood hosts their first-ever Recovery Sundays hangout/chilltime/hangover support group event. Go hang!
  • And the Cubs (maybe) play.tumblr_nkwjmsht0y1qlsrn9o1_500