This is your guide to catching great live music both in the city and throughout the suburbs. This weekend, the 80's and 90's invade! Psychedelic Furs, O.M.D., They Might Be Giants, Jane's Addiction and more perform around town while The Hideout Block Party returns bringing music royalty like Mavis Staples and Booker T. to the near northwest side. All of this and much more...
In The City...
Peter Hook and The Light (Friday, September 23rd, 9PM at Metro. 18+, $20) - The Joy Division co-founder and New Order bassist will be performing the former's seminal 1980 album Closer in it's entirety.
They Might Be Giants (Friday at 7:30PM at The Vic. +14, SOLD OUT) - Always a good time live, the band is touring with Jonathan Coulton in support of Join Us, their fifteenth studio album of quirky pop. Put a little birdhouse in your soul, won't you? This show was moved from The Riviera Theatre to The Vic.
In Tall Buildings (Saturday, September 24th, 5:30PM-8:30PM at Logan Square's Summer Sessions on the Square. $5) - The brainchild of Erik Hall, local band In Tall Buildings builds dense soundscapes that draw on jazz influences. The Arts of Life Band and Fandanquero also perform.
The Hideout Block Party (Saturday noon-10PM outside The Hideout. $25 in advance, $35 at the gate) - The block party returns and features a stellar and diverse day of live music. Mavis Staples, Booker T., Andrew Bird, Kids These Days and more perform. Waco Brother/Mekon, Jon Langford will be performing with the Burlington Welsh Male Chorus. A fitting end to the city festival season.
O.M.D. (Saturday at 8PM at The Vic. 18+, $39) - I lied. This is by no means a weekend highlight (especially at that price). That said, for those of you looking for your Pretty in Pink fix, this would be the place to get it (they have to play "If You Leave" right?).
The Psychedelic Furs with Tom Tom Club (Saturday at 9PM at House of Blues. 17+, $29.50 in advance, $35 at the door) - Lots of 80's acts to choose from this weekend (and if you choose to see O.M.D. over this, you're certifiably insane). Everyone knows Psychedelic Furs but some forget that Tom Tom Club (in Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, Tom Tom Club is made up of one half of Talking Heads) scored a Top 40 hit in 1981 with "Genius of Love."
Jane's Addiction (Saturday and Sunday at Metro at 9PM. 18+, SOLD OUT) - Two rare shows in small venues (two of only a handful of U.S. shows the band has booked) as the pscyhedelic alt-rockers gear up for the release of their unlikely fifth album The Great Escape Artist. Perry Farrell sings his heart out live and Dave Navarro is one of rock's more artsy and underrated guitarists.
Asobi Seksu - (Sunday, September 25th at Schubas. 8PM. 21+, $14) - Japanese shoegazer with a pop sensibility. This band is like Catherine Wheel... but Japanese... and with a female lead singer. That comparison may not make any sense now but it will after you see them tear it up live (as I did in 2007 at Schubas). Oh, and they sing in both English and Japanese.
In The Suburbs...
Poi Dog Pondering (Friday at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park. 10PM. 21+, $20) - Looking to pretend you're in New Orleans while actually just drinking beer amongst local frat boys? Well then, 115 Bourbon Street is the place for you! The local art-popsters perform (and indoors for a change) with a pre-show DJ set by frontman Frank Orrall.
Toby Keith (Saturday at 7PM at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. $31 - $105) - Everything that is bad about country radio will be on full display as Keith performs with Eric Church and J.T. Hodges. But an awful lot of people love it, so what the hell do I know? Saddle on up and maybe Toby will provide whiskey for your men or beer for your horses. Just hope he doesn't put a boot in your ass.
Filed under: Weekend Music Spotlight