Friday, January 16, 2009

Five shows this weekend - January 16 to 18

Friday, January 16

- Bully in the Hallway, The Bitter Wigs, American Draft and Papillion at Bottom Lounge - Four local bands of the punk and garage rock persuasion. 8 p.m., 21 and over. More info.

Saturday, January 17

- Hey Champ, Thunderheist, Pretty Good Dance Moves and Bald Eagle at Schubas (Tomorrow Never Knows festival) - Schubas fifth annual Tomorrow Never Knows festival, which lasts five nights and features 20 buzz bands, will play out night four on Saturday with local band-DJ hybrid Hey Champ and Toronto's Thunderheist. Also, check out Cursive, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, Colourmusic and All The Saints on Friday night, and Bishop Allen, The Donkeys and Tulsa on Sunday, the fest's final night. 9 p.m., $15, 18 and over. More info and tickets.

- Two Girls, Dark Fog and The Living Blue at Double Door - Three local psychedelic indie rock bands, including one of my favorites, The Living Blue, who are planning to release their new album, "Walk, Talk, Rhythm, Roam," next week. Doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m., $7, 21 and over. More info and tickets.

- Franz Nicolay with The Syllable Section at Empty Bottle - New York-based multi-instrumentalist and member of The Hold Steady, Nicolay this week released a new solo album, "Major General." 10 p.m., $8, 21 and over. More info and tickets.

Sunday, January 18

- Douglas Acres with The Innocent and Consortium at Empty Bottle - Pay particularly close attention to The Innocent, one of my favorite (EP review here) up and coming Chicago acts. 9:30 p.m., $7, 21 and over. More info and tickets.

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