Sound check: LBC heads a night of rock, punk at Metro
Local rock, punk with the Lucky Boys
Chicago's venerated Metro, a music venue goal post for many area bands, is continuing its 35th anniversary celebration Friday with a major local show. Lucky Boys Confusion headlines a not-to-be-missed lineup that includes rockers Zombie Schoolboy (releasing a new album, "Flashlights in a Dark Place," that day), The Linden Method debuting a new more mature punk sound (and releasing their new album, "Thin Skin") and Take the Reins (whom you can read more about here). 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago. $21-$26. (773) 549-4140 or metrochicago.com.
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs benefit shows at the Vic Theatre in Chicago Friday and Saturday, April 27-28.
- Associated Press, 2015
Jeff Tweedy, the lead singer of Chicago alternative rock band Wilco, is playing his two-night Annual Benefit for Education at the Vic Theatre this weekend. Tickets for the solo show are sold out for Saturday, but Friday tickets are still available. 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago. $75-$150. (773) 472-0449 or victheatre.com.
Fight Cancer 365
Stereo Nightclub and Iconyk Entertainment are bringing together Chicago-area artists for Fight Cancer 365, a night of music and dance to benefit the Huntsman Cancer Institute, a research facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. The musical lineup includes DJ GoodSex, Jame$ Dean, Mr Bobby, Cory Night, TECKO, Samurai Rex and Too Shy. There will also be a raffle for a gift basket with goods from local vendors. 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Stereo Nightclub, 5616 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago. $10 donation. (773) 889-7171 or stereochicago.com.
The Claudettes debuts a new album Friday, April 27, with a free show at Emporium in Wicker Park.
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If you drew a Venn diagram illustrating the overlap between bawdy blues, rowdy rock and manic punk, you could very well find Chicago's The Claudettes at that intersection. I can think of no better way to describe the soulful and engaging songs this band conjures up. The quartet -- Johnny Iguana on piano (yes, piano!), Berit Ulseth on vocals, Zach Verdoorn on bass and the mic, Matt Torre on drums -- recently released the album, "Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium!" Celebrate the release with them when they play a free show at Emporium's Wicker Park outpost with The Cell Phones this weekend. 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Emporium, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Free, but reservations are recommended. (773) 697-7922 or emporiumchicago.com.
Breaking the Silence
Prepare for a full day of comraderie as Breaking the Silence turns it up for autism awareness at Durty Nellie's Sunday, April 29. Started 10 years ago by Ron and Jean Thomas to raise awareness of the struggles faced by their children Justin and Brianna, Breaking the Silence has grown into an annual event featuring food, music and fellowship. This year's lineup includes performances from Veilside, Reckless, The Millennials, Boneshaker, Black Sand Armor, Superbig, Enemy of Culture and Bobaflex. Proceeds will benefit the Chicago Autism Resource and Education, a volunteer organization that distributes information and education to help people understand and care for people with autism. Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $10 general admission; VIP table packages are available. (847) 358-9150, durtynellies.com or vsbts.org.
Kiley Moore leads DJ noDJ, with its live performances of popular dance music, to the Tonic Room Saturday, April 28.
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• North of Center, Dead Freddie, Kicked By a Hand: 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, at EvenFlow Music & Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva. $5. (847) 852-6256 or evenflowevents.com.
• Eugeine Grey and the Bad Habits, The Pirate Electric, Dead Harvest: 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Debonair Social Club, 1575 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 227-7990 or debonairsocialclub.com.
• Torch The Hive, Big Night In, From The Start, Boardinghouse Reach: 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Burlington Bar, 3425 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago. $8. (773) 384-3243 or theburlingtonbar.com.
• David Allan Coe, Anthony Billups: 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, at BrauerHouse Live, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $25-$30. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.
• A Solo Evening with Keb' Mo': 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago. $75-$88. (312) 733-9463 or citywinery.com.
• littlebirds, Ludlow, Bent Dimes, Sails: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 549-5549 or elboroomlive.com.
• MMATRS, Honey & the 45's, Hiber (feat. Lynnea): 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $5. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.
• The Nick Moss Band Featuring Dennis Gruenling: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $15. (708) 788-2118 or fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.
• Kobanes 10-year anniversary show with Jerk!, The Desolates, Pandoras Box: 9 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Mutiny, 2428 N. Western Ave., Chicago. (773) 486-7774 or themutinychicago.com.
• DJ noDJ: 11 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted, Chicago. $12. (773) 248-8400 or tonicroom.ticketfly.com.
• Four Rifts, Axios, Pinion, The Radiomen: 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Q Bar, 2240 Bloomingdale Road, Glendale Heights. $10-$15. (630) 893-9346 or qbarglendaleheights.com.
• Invictus, Eye & I, Kyle Megna: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Gman Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St., Chicago. $5. (773) 549-2050 or gmantavern.com.
• Black Bear Rodeo, Fair City Fire, Them Dead Poets: 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Emporium Wicker Park, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Free. (773) 697-7922 or emporiumchicago.com.
• The Bank Notes, Hawkeyes, Lever: 8 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Emporium Wicker Park, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Free. (773) 697-7922 or emporiumchicago.com.
• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music fanboy. You can follow him on Twitter at @thatshamieguy. Listen to Brian's "2018 Chicago Sound Check Vol. 3" Spotify playlist for a sampling of some of the local bands he's written about recently for the Daily Herald.