FRIDAYBIKE COPS Honor International Women's Day (thanks for the reminder, Quenchers calendar) with the swinging rock stylings of Chicago's Bike Cops, which -- if you were wondering -- do indeed include a lady in their lineup. So it all kind of works out. The local garage quartet will get your body moving a few different ways with a smart mix of 60s surf and pop. Also appearing tonight are local jingle janglers The Bingers, Detroit outfit Mexican Knives (who also have a lady rocker and a pretty cool name) and The Sueves. (Audrey Leon) 9:00 p.m. Saturday, 3/8. Quenchers. 21+ $5.
SATURDAYMY GOLD MASK My Gold Mask’s Gretta Rochelle and Jack Armondo are celebrating the release of the duo's new album Leave Me Midnight, which our own Richard Giraldi reviewed here. Mixed at Chicago's Engine Studios with studio guru Sanford Parker, My Gold Mask make haunting art pop their distinctive brand on their first full-length since their 2009 self-titled album. Do not miss My Gold Mask turn Schubas into their own cathedral of the damned. Also appearing tonight are local electronica duo Shuteye and dream pop singer K. Serra. (Audrey Leon) 9:00 p.m. Saturday, 3/9. Schubas. 21+ $12. LE TOUR Lo-fi rockers Le Tour features ex-members of other well-known Chicago indie groups including Blammer and Black Math. Their latest EP, Too Fun To Laugh, both features slow-burning tunes that offer psych-tendencies (“Too Funny To Laugh”) as well as groovy jams fronted by glassy clean guitar (“Gimme’ A Chance”). But Le Tour aren't a band to rest on their laurels. They have already started recording a follow-up seven inch with Drew Ryan of E.T. Habit., who also recorded Too Fun To Laugh. Also appearing are Absolutely Not and Velociopter. (Richard Giraldi) 9:00 p.m. Saturday, 3/9. The Burlington. 21+. $5. THE HIDEOUT'S ANNUAL SXSW SEND-OFF It's mid-March, and you know what that means for musicians all across the nation and Chicago: SXSW. And the Hideout will once again wish Chicago acts headed to the lone star state farewell and good luck in style. This year's send off features a number Loud Loop favorites including one of our 13 Chicago Bands To Watch In 2013, Twin Peax, Summer Girlfriends and Outer Minds. But that's just the tip of the iceberg, oh, and did I mention it kicks off at 3:30 p.m.? For all the deets on the event read our full report right here. (Richard Giraldi) 3:00 p.m. Saturday, 3/9. The Hideout. $10.
SUNDAYSO COW If its a laidback evening your looking for, look no further than So Cow. The Irish band with Chicago ties (So Cow released two LPs on Tic Tac Totally) specializes in dreamy indie pop that crackles with plenty of low, fuzzy bass lines. Also appearing tonight are Baltimore experimental rock duo Weekends and local shoegazers Neo Ritual. (Audrey Leon) 9:00 p.m. Sunday, 3/10. Burlington. 21+ $7. By Staff \ 1 comment