New from the 'burbs
Bubbles Erotica, a new rock band from Morton Grove and Niles, produces a sound that straddles the line between hard rock and punk. The four-piece group has just released an EP, "Elephants Never Forget," and is now hitting the rock venues in the city and suburbs. Bubbles Erotica will be part of a full lineup of bands at the House of Blues this weekend. Here's a chance to check out new local talent. 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at House of Blues Chicago, 329 N. Dearborn. (Also performing are Nahuales Underground, Sneezy, Animal Factory and headliner Underfire.) Tickets start at $10. Go to houseofblues.com.
Black Stone Cherry, a hard-rock group from Kentucky, will unleash its heavy guitar attack in the suburbs this weekend. The band delivers monster metal riffs with a hint of twang, and it has earned spots opening for such heavyweights as Def Leppard and Nickelback. Black Stone Cherry is touring behind its latest album, "Magic Mountain." 9 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Austin's Fuel Room, 481 Peterson Road, Libertyville. Tickets start at $17. Go to fuelroom.com.
You have all the massive, noisy summer rock festivals, and then you have the annual Hideout Block Party -- a laid-back weekend of music, food and more at one of the city's best venues. The Hideout is again partnering with the Onion A.V. Club on the fest, which will include sets by Death Cab for Cutie, the Dismemberment Plan and one of my favorites, the Handsome Family. The Block Party is a family-friendly event, with plenty of children's activities happening on site. Tickets are available now, so don't wait. The Hideout Block Party/Onion A.V. Fest takes place Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago. Tickets start at $39. For full lineup and tickets, go to hideoutchicago.com.