Thursday, September 24, 2009

Weekend show picks



- Chairlift at Schubas -Chairlift's captivating and eclectic sound - channeling everything from dream pop to jazz rock to 80s-style synth pop on their breakthrough record Does You Inspire You - has brought them quite a bit of attention over the past year, leading to a number of high profile appearances (check out our coverage of their performance at Lollapalooza here). 10 p.m., $15, 18 and over. More info and tickets.

- The Weakerthans at Bottom Lounge - It's tough to classify this Canadian band beyond the generic indie rock tag, but their nostalgic, bittersweet sound has gathered them a dedicated following. They released their last album, Reunion Tour, in 2007. 8 p.m., $17 advance, $20 day of show, 18 and over. More info and tickets.


- Built to Spill at the Vic - After coming to town to play a set at Pitchfork Music Fest this summer, the band is back to promote their forthcoming seventh full-length record, There Is No Enemy, due out October 6. 7:30 p.m., $24, all ages. More info and tickets.

- Oh My God at Double Door - As we detailed earlier this week, the Windy City's own Oh My God will celebrate the release of their new record, The Night Undoes the Work of the Day, on this hometown stop of a current nationwide tour. Doors 9 p.m., show 10 p.m., $10. More info and tickets.

- Brilliant Pebbles at Subterranean - The release show for this Chicago glam-pop act's debut record will also feature Aleks and the Drummer, Lord of the Yum Yum and Heart Shaped Hate. Doors 9 p.m., show 9:30 p.m., $8, 17 and over. More info and tickets.


- The Dø at the Empty Bottle - This French/Finnish duo was recently described by Drowned in Sound as sounding like "a female Eminem backed by a brass band, like The Cardigans stripped to nothing but a jazzy guitar strum and a sexy whisper, like ‘Iko Iko’ by The Dixie Cups re-imagined by Pingu, like Moldy Peaches with a hint of continental sophistication, like ‘The Block Party’ by Lisa Left-Eye Lopez if she’d grown up listening to Pavement, like PJ Harvey on the moon, and like Os Mutantes at their most chilled-out." How could that not make for an entertaining show? 8 p.m., $10, 21 and over. More info and tickets.

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