FRIDAYBRILLIANT CORNERS OF POPULAR AMUSEMENTS From the people behind Pitchfork Music Fest, new Chicago fest Brilliant Corners aims to go beyond a normal music festival. Drawing inspiration form Vaudeville, Brilliant Corners will not only incorporate music into its three-day event, but also circus acts, carnival rides/games, comedians and more. It should be quite the spectacle. Still, it's the music we're anticipating. A slew of buzzworthy local acts are set to take the stage including CAVE, who we just reviewed this morning, A Lull, Hollows and the almighty Shellac. In addition, there are national favorites including the always lively Dan Deacon, Bill Callahan, School of Seven Bells and more. (Richard Giraldi) 12 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday, 9/16 - Sunday, 9/18. Eckhart Park (Chicago Ave. & Noble St.). All Ages. 21+. GYPSYBLOOD Guitars are so in right now, which is why we're big fans of local alt-rockers Gypsyblood. Their debut, Cold In The Guestway, is equal parts edgy guitar rock and melodic, melancholy pop. And it works damn well. Also laying down the tunage tonight is Oakland indie poppers Man/Miracle. They combine glassy guitar, electronic touches and reverb heavy vocals for a sound that's a crooked, spacey version of surf rock. (Richard Giraldi) 10:00 p.m. Friday, 9/16. The Hideout. 21+. $8. THE MOSES GUN If Chicago trio The Moses Gun display a fine knack for rumbling, distortion-laden grunge rock, it’s because the band has been kicking around the city in various forms since the early 90s. After playing gigs all around town at such institutions as the Double Door and Gallery Cabaret, according to vocalist Vell Mullens, the band will finally play The Empty Bottle this Friday. And if you’re hungering for another dose of rock, the trio will also play Gallery Cabaret on Saturday, September 17. (Audrey Leon) 10:00 p.m. Friday, 9/16. The Empty Bottle. 21+ $8 or Free w/ RSVP.
SATURDAYMATERIAL RE-ISSUE The 90s were a magical time to be around. Not only did you have the “grunge scene” having its revenge on Seattle, but you had some awesome pop rock groups buzzing about Chicago including power pop trio Material Issue. The two remaining band members Ted Ansani and Mike Zelenko are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the group’s revered 1991 album International Pop Overthrow, which featured the lovesick hits “Diane” and “Valerie Loves Me,” at Lincoln Hall with singer Phil Angotti and guitarist Jay O’Rouke. The show will include video highlights and remembrances. Local heavy alt-rockers (and all around badasses) Rockit Girl will open. (Audrey Leon) 9:00 p.m. Saturday, 9/17. Lincoln Hall. 21+ $14.
SUNDAYBASH ON WABASH - REGGIES ROAD BLOCK STAGE It’s the feel good hit of the fall. Now that the weather has dictated an end to summer, we’ve got our first real neighborhood fest of the fall season in the annual Bash on Wabash. And – holy shit – headlining Reggie’s stage are Question Mark and the Mysterians. You might not recognize the name, but you know their hits “96 Tears” and “Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby,” which Smashmouth bastardized back in the late 90s. Unreal. Also on the bill are primal garage rockers White Mystery and rowdy folk rockers Dastardly. If you love old-fashioned R&B soul, you’ll definitely want to check out The Congregation. This stage is set to be a real smorgasbord of musical delicacies. (Audrey Leon) Noon - 10 p.m. Sunday, 9/18. Bash on Wabash (14th and Wabash). All Ages. $5 donation.