Thursday, August 28, 2008

Five shows this weekend

Friday, August 29

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.

Don Caballero at Subterranean - A pretty highly touted instrumental math rock band, for those who dig that sort of thing. Ponytail will also play. 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.

Delta Spirit at Schubas - This band hails from San Diego and plays an ear-catching "hybrid of rock and northern soul." Chicago's Death Ships also plays. More info and tickets.

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