FRIDAYVIDEOTAPE Indie poppers Videotape create a relaxing dreamscape that is signature shoegaze, although somewhat darker in tone. The Chicago group mixes sweeping electronic background noises with light-as-cotton-candy pop harmonies and solemnly strummed guitars. On its Videotape EP the group’s sound lands somewhere between 90s vets Sneaker Pimps and Mazzy Star with its ghostly, empty Cathedral-esque atmosphere. Milktooth, Labors, and Jack & Ace (featuring Bob Nanna from Braid) will open.(Audrey Leon) 9:00 p.m. Friday, 12/7. Township. 21+ $5.
SATURDAYUMBRA AND THE VOLCAN SIEGE Straddling the line between pysch and country are Chicago rockers Umbra and the Volcan Siege. Harnessing the power of four guitars, this sextet creates moody psych compositions that meander like Pink Floyd and conjure the netherworld like the Doors. Frontman Jim Licka's countrified growl and southern croon deftly plays ringmaster to the band's swirling atmospheric circus. Don't miss it. Also appearing tonight are Control, Curio, and the Horrids. Creature Feature headlines. (Audrey Leon) 7:00 p.m. Saturday, 12/8. Reggie's Rock Club. All Ages. $10-12. ABSOLUTELY NOT Glamtastic garage rockers Absolutely Not impress with their spastic punk rhythms, scratchy vocals and highly-charged new-wave synth play. The band’s 2012 release, Extended, pumps up the danceable grooves while breaking out plenty of tasty guitar riffs. Don’t be surprised if Absolutely Not causes everyone to break out into uncontrollable fits of dancing. The night is also special because Rabble Rabble will unveil their new video, “Cole’s Bathroom,” which is an homage to, yep, Cole's bathroom. More on that right here. Also performing are Life Parter and Post Child. (Audrey Leon & Richard Giraldi) 10:00 p.m. Saturday, 12/8. Cole's. 21+. Free.
SUNDAYHIGH STREET Winnetka teens High Street are a regular school of rock. The members are barely in high school, but the quintet reveal their old souls on its most recent EP Nocturnal. High Street flexes plenty of classic rock muscle with hints of Led Zeppelin and Rush rising from each rusty blues riff, and well executed guitar solo. The Boxes and Hank Fuzz will open. (Audrey Leon) 6:00 p.m. Sunday, 12/9. Beat Kitchen. All Ages. $10.