The Members, a witty and energetic punk band, formed in England in 1977, the same year in which the Sex Pistols and the Clash released their first albums. The Members toured incessantly and put out a number of records, including the famous anthem, "The Sound of the Suburbs," before breaking up in 1983. The Members re-formed eight years ago, but they're back in the U.S. for the first time in decades, making a stop in Lombard this weekend.
9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Brauerhouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. (The Jetbirds and Last Vegas will also perform.) $12. Go to brauerhouse.com.
The Beat goes on
The English Beat burst out of the U.K. in the late 1970s with a catchy, danceable sound that was equal parts ska and punk. The band's hits, which included "Mirror In The Bathroom," "Twist and Crawl" and more, were included on mixtapes made by countless high-school kids throughout the '80s. Singer-guitarist Dave Wakeling continues to tour the U.S. under the English Beat name, and he'll bring the current iteration of the band to the suburbs for two shows this weekend.
8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6, at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $40. Go to evanstonspace.com.
Rise Against, the Chicago-based band with members from Arlington Heights and Downers Grove, will herald the opening of Riot Fest next week with a show at the Aragon Ballroom. Rise Against delivers blistering alt-punk and a fierce political sensibility. The band will headline Riot Fest next weekend, but hometown fans get a chance to see the group a day earlier in a club setting. (The Sept. 12 issue of Time Out! will have more on both Riot Fest and Rise Against.)
5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence, Chicago. $39.50. Go to jamusa.com and riseagainst.com.