Got plans this weekend? You might want to rethink them…
Thursday, March 11th – Lincoln Hall – 9pm - $12
Headliner: We Were Promised Jetpacks
Openers: The Lonely Forest, Bear Hand
The latest Scotland sensation, We Were Promised Jetpacks returns to Chicago for a show at the wonderful Lincoln Hall. With a sound full of ragged, restless riffs and some amazingly gut-wrenching lyrics, they have a buzz around them for a reason. Their cathartic debut release was among the best we heard in 2009, and think you would have to have a screw loose to miss the band live. If you only see one show this week, make it this one!
Friday, March 12th – Schubas – 7pm - $12
Headliner: David Ford
Openers: Brent Puls
If you manage to make out to just two shows this weekend, we highly recommend UK singer-songwriter David Ford at Schubas. Singer-songwriters may be a dime-a-dozen, but Ford's unique one-man-band show, looping all the pieces together live on stage, is truly something you need to see to believe. Add a fantastic voice and brutally honest lyrics, and you have a can't-miss show.
Friday, March 12th – United Center – 7:30pm - $40 – $60
Openers: Silversun Pickups
If you are in the market for something much, much bigger, head over to United Center for two stadium-ready bands – Muse and Silversun Pickups. We normally ignore the United Center shows here, but having witnessed first-hand the brilliance of both bands, we find this one a great exception.
Friday and Saturday, March 12th and 13th – The Vic – 8pm - $50, $100, $250
Headliner: Jeff Tweedy
The Wilco front man puts on these annual benefit shows once a year, so this is your limited opportunity to catch Jeff Tweedy in a solo setting. The price may be a little higher, but it is not like you are going to be catching Wilco in this intimate a venue anytime in the near future.
Friday, March 12th – Beat Kitchen – 9pm - $12
Openers: Piebender, Follows
This would be an easier recommendation if it were not for all else going on this night. The good news is, you can probably catch the molten instrumental metal of Pelican after heading to Metro to see Mustard Plug.
Friday, March 12th – Metro – 6:30pm - $19
Headliner: Aqua Bats
Openers: Mustard Plug, Plunket
If you are in the mood for some horn-happy ska, Mustard Plug might be just the ticket on Friday night. Go skanking!
Saturday, March 13th – The Bottom Lounge – 7pm - $15
Headliner: Ted Leo And The Pharmacists
Openers: Title Tracks, The Chicago Stone Lightning Band
Ted Leo And The Pharmacists head to Chicago on the heels of releasing this week's The Brutalist Bricks. We recommend heading out and finding out and hearing their energetic balance of punk and pop live.
Saturday, March 13th – The Aragon – 6pm - SOLD OUT
Headliner: Flogging Molly
Openers: Frank Turner And The Architects
This eclectic fusion of traditional Irish music and punk rock is playing at a venue as large as The Aragon for a reason. It's not quite St. Patrick's Day, but why not get the week off to a Guinness soaked start?