Marky Ramone spent 15 years as the drummer in the Ramones, one of the most beloved and influential rock bands of all time. Now he leads a new band, Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, which delivers a high-energy show that includes Ramones classics and other material. (The band's singer is ex-Misfits frontman Michael Graves.)
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. Tickets start at $19. Go to oshows.com.
It's fitting that as we creep closer to Halloween, flamboyant rockers Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson would appear on a double-bill. Both artists are known for their outrageous, horror-movie-inspired visual imagery and musical styles that blend heavy-metal and industrial sounds. They bring their "Twins of Evil" tour to the suburbs next week.
7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Tickets start at $39.50. Go to ticketmaster.com.
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Rock doesn't get much more basic than the songs cranked out by Social Distortion, and that's meant as a compliment. For more than 30 years, frontman Mike Ness and a shifting lineup of supporting players have delivered one punk-flavored rock gem after another. The band emerged from the Southern California punk scene in the late 1970s, but over time it incorporated classic rock and even country influences into its songs. (They do a killer version of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire.") The band will appear next week in the city. Lindi Ortega and the Biters open both shows.
7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 11-12, at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago. Tickets cost $34. Go to jamusa.com.