FRIDAYRABBLE RABBLE + MAGIC MILK + VAMOS HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTTS. (Richard Giraldi) 10:00 p.m. Friday, 12/21. Empty Bottle. 21+. $8 or free w/ RSVP by 4 p.m. today! APOCALYPSA Toys for Tots Benefit Concert Finally, a festival that combines the angst of the apocalypse with the spirit of giving! But seriously, APOCALYPSA sports a rad and eclectic local lineup including melodic indie rockers The Sweeps, singer-songwriters Jennifer Hall and event organizers and spooky sci-fi rockers Earth Program - who also just dropped a new EP(?) titled Astro Logic that's a bit edgier and more punk rock than what they've done in the past. Speaking of Apocalypsa acts releasing new music, quirky rock outfit The Peekaboos also dropped the debut single, "Western Fall," from their upcoming LP, Stay Positive, and you can read our review of the demo right here. Gonna be a rad time for a good cause. (Richard Giraldi) 7:00 p.m. Friday, 12/21. The Portage Theater. All Ages. $5. CONCRETE BLONDE It's always fun to say Concrete Blonde are touring again. The moody alternative rockers last reformed in 2010 for the 20th anniversary of its classic album Bloodletting and now the band will include a Chicago stop on its nine-date club tour. Seeing vocalist Johnette Napolitano use her famous deep, sultry voice on Concrete Blonde classics such as "Joey" and "God is a Bullet" is well worth the price of admission. (Audrey Leon) 8:00 p.m. Friday, 12/21. Park West. 18+ $27.50
SATURDAYCOPING If the world doesn't end on Friday you can still take part in the end of something. Chicago post-hardcore (or, emo, if suits you) quartet Coping called it quits in May, but they're back to play one last show and also celebrate their new album. Don't miss this chance to soak up Coping's endearing brand of rowdy, disjointed rock and/or roll ditties. And if that wasn't enough, the show will benefit Rock for Kids. Also appearing tonight are Castevet, Neumenon, Dowsing, and Like Bats. (Audrey Leon) 9:00 p.m. Saturday, 12/15. Subterranean. 17+ $8.
SUNDAYVELOCICOPTER Sometimes in my darker moments I wonder what a more punk rock version of Queens of the Stone Age would sound like if frontman Josh Homme's wife Brody Dalle had taken over for Nick Oliveri as his balls-to-the-wall screaming sidekick. I imagine it may sound a lot like Velocicopter. Guitarist Meghan MacDuff's smoky vocals explode like razorblades in a burst pinata, which pairs well with dizzying guitar riffs and a mad, lightning fast rhythm section. Also appearing tonight are I Love Rich and Mono in Stereo. (Audrey Leon) 9:00 p.m. Sunday, 12/23. Ultra Lounge. 21+ $8.