Southeast Engine at Hideout - This is another band that falls into the "indie folk" category, which can seem pretty oversaturated, but quality songwriting and an operatic rock edge makes them stand out as a worthwhile discovery. They play with Cains & Abels and Sytches. More info and tickets.
Saturday, August 30
Soft Targets at Bottom Lounge - These locals are a self-described "power quartet" that includes former members of Seam and Reagan National Crash Diet. Also with the Titmice, Papillion and Mr Russia. More info and tickets.
Sunday, August 31
Aimee Mann and Squeeze at Ravinia - Celebrated singer-songwriter and former 'Til Tuesday leader Mann recently released her latest offering, "@#%&*! Smilers," to consistently positive reviews. She'll join classic new wave pop band Squeeze at Ravinia Sunday night. It should be a great show, as both have a knack for combining pop hooks with thoughtfulness and wit. More info and tickets.