FRIDAYSOFT SPEAKER The Brit pop-inspired Chicago outfit come out swinging with plenty of lingering guitar licks, hazy psychedelic rhythms and even some sexy sax. It’s enough to get your blood pumping. Also on deck are hard charging, alt-rockers Sissy Mena. The Chicago group, who just released a full-length album entitled Record Machineback in November, are sure to bring plenty of roaring riffs and moody rhythms. Opening the show are Chicago shoegazers Soft Candy. (Audrey Leon) 9:00 p.m. Friday, 2/10. Beat Kitchen. 21+ $8. THE RUNNIES Rock for a good cause tonight at Cole’s. Money raised at tonight’s show will go toward Ag47, a creative arts mentorship collective in Logan Square for girls in grades 4th-12th. The group pairs mentees with women artists from disciplines such as creative writing, music, dance, and filmmaking. Appearing tonight are sultry jangle-rockers The Runnies (one of LLP’s 12 Bands to Watch), riot punkers The Cathy Santonies, aggressive garage poppers Squish, and surf punks Blizzard Babies will open. Admission is free so buy a beer or two to support young women’s artistic development. (Audrey Leon) 10:00 p.m. Friday, 2/10. Cole’s Bar. 21+ Free. NETHERFRIENDS He did it! Shawn Rosenblatt, brainchild behind local outfit Netherfriends, successfully travelled to and recorded a song in all 50 states over the past two years. Now, he's officially releasing the first set of songs in the form of Middle America, which offers up 12 tracks featuring cleverly crafted psych-pop influenced by Amercia's midsection that include names like "St. Louis, MO," "Rapid City, SD" and, of course, "Chicago, IL." So, it seems wholly appropriate that the record release show is in his home base of Chicago tonight. Supporting are throwback psychers Secret Colours and rambunctious rockers Vamos! (Richard Giraldi) 10:00 p.m. Friday, 2/10. Empty Bottle. 21+. $8. T'BONE The mighty T'Bone bring their capricious riffy and mathy antics to Treasure Town tonight. But they've got plenty of hard rocking back-up with them including prehistoric cave bangers White Mystery, Philadelphia garage poppers Univox and alt-rockers Lionlimb. Spend your Friday night in the underground with some of Chicago's best. (Richard Giraldi) 9:00 p.m. Friday, 2/10. Treasure Town. $5.
SATURDAYCHICAGO MIXTAPE ANNIVERSARY PARTY Celebrate the majesty and variety of music jams that is Chicago Mixtape with this special shindig at Subterranean. Headliners The Shams Band will get everyone moving with its groovy take on blues rock. Also appearing at this eclectic smorgasbord are Americana psych rockers (yes, you heard that right) Elephant Gun, Lush folkers The Damn Choir, and dreamy electro poppers Architecture will open. (Audrey Leon) 8:00 p.m. Saturday, 2/11. Subterranean. 21+ $10.
SUNDAYDON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB II Psych pop sextet A Lull had a pretty exciting 2011. The Chicago band released its long-awaited album Confetti, dropped a remix EP and even found time to put its own digital psychedelic spin on Bruce Springstein’s “I’m on Fire.” A Lull just finished up a winter tour with Deleted Scenes, so welcome them home in style at this show comprised entirely of bands with members who work at either Schubas or Lincoln Hall. Also appearing tonight are soothing Chicago post-rockers The Gorilla Press, bass-heavy funk rockers Laz, and local punks Panzer. If you need a bonus reason to go, proceeds from the show will go toward local charity Rock for Kids. (Audrey Leon) 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 2/12. Schubas. 21+ $5. By Audrey Leon \ comments