One of the most influential and important bands of the past 30 years, Black Flag, will make a rare stop in the suburbs this weekend. Black Flag took late-'70s punk and cranked up the speed and aggression, essentially creating "hardcore" and launching an underground rock movement that would thrive throughout the 1980s and then explode into the mainstream in the 1990s. The band has undergone a lot of personnel changes over the years, but its lean and loud sound has remained constant.
8 p.m. Friday, July 18, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. (Greg Ginn & the Royal We and Cinema Cinema will also perform.) $14; brauerhouse.com.
Writer, filmmaker and musician Rob Zombie brings his distinctive brand of industrial metal to the area this weekend. Zombie's music combines classic heavy-metal guitar riffage with contempory industrial rhythms, all of it drenched in imagery inspired by the horror films that Zombie loves. (He's directed a number of successful horror flicks, including the "Halloween" remake and its sequel.) Zombie headlines an afternoon of music in Grayslake this weekend.
2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Austin's Fuel Arena, located on the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake, (Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman and Devour the Day are among the other bands on the bill.) $45; fuelarena.com.
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Jack White is one of the busiest people in rock. Owner of Third Man Records, sought-after producer, singer/songwriter/musician -- he does all this and more. His second solo album, "Lazaretto," is a gem, delivering a funky mix of raw blues, country and garage rock. (The vinyl release, which features all kinds of special features, is the way to go here.) White arrives in Chicago next week for two shows.
8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State, Chicago. Tickets start at $49.50; thechicagotheatre.com. Also performing at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. Tickets start at $45; auditoriumtheatre.org.