Local H, the hard-rock band consisting of suburban natives Scott Lucas and Brian St. Clair, has never been reluctant to play in the suburbs. The duo will perform in Palatine this weekend, just weeks away from the Sept. 18 release of its long-anticipated new record, "Hallelujah! I'm a Bum" (Slimstyle). The band has described the new record as a concept album that's responding to today's divided political climate. Lucas and St. Clair are known for their energetic live shows, and this show offers fans a chance to see them in a small setting.
9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $13. Go to durtynellies.com.
The Boss from above
Rock legend Bruce Springsteen will be in town this weekend for two shows at Wrigley Field, both of which are sold out. But fear not: Wrigleyville Rooftops is offering fans a chance to see the show from one of three rooftops near the park -- at 1032 W. Waveland, 3609 N. Sheffield and 3643 N. Sheffield. Tickets are $100 per show, and that includes unlimited food, beer, wine and more.
Bruce Springsteen will perform at 7:30 p.m.Friday, Sept. 7, and Saturday, Sept. 8, at Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison, Chicago. For information on rooftop tickets, call (773) 248-ROOF or visit wrigleyvillerooftops.com.
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Old and new
Bob Mould, a punk-rock icon with a truly stellar resume -- Husker Du, Sugar, acclaimed solo career -- will look both back and forward during his upcoming shows at Chicago's Metro. First, he'll celebrate Sugar's 20th anniversary by performing songs from "Copper Blue," that band's classic debut album. He'll also perform songs from his new solo record, "Silver Age," which just came out this week on Merge. Mould is a powerful and magnetic presence on stage, and in his early 50s he appears to be as energized by rock 'n' roll as he ever was. Go check him out.
8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 13-14, at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago. $25. Go to metrochicago.com.