Sound check: Spend two nights with Smoking Popes
Popes on parade
The Northwest suburban-born band The Smoking Popes makes two appearances at the Bottom Lounge for the Live From the Rock Room Fest, celebrating the past. Friday night band members fete the 20th anniversary of their "Destination Failure" album, along with Red City Radio, The Dopamines and Kali Masi. On Saturday, the Popes will play favorites from their first two albums, "Get Fired" and "Born To Quit," joined by The Mr. T Experience, Kepi Ghoulie and Telethon. Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $20 each night. (312) 666-6775 or bottomlounge.com. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12
Country's Josh Turner
Multiplatinum Nashville recording artist Josh Turner brings his 15-year catalog of traditional country rock -- including hits from last year's Billboard No. 1 release, "Deep South" -- to St. Charles' Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $69-$125. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com. 8 p.m. Friday, May 11
Andrew Moore, the Elgin-area hip-hop artist whose "Shop Local" project last year brought together musicians and visual artists from Elgin to create an intensely local album and book, is throwing a one-year anniversary party this weekend celebrating the collaboration. Side Street Studio Arts is hosting the bash, which will feature food trucks, raffles and performances by Watch City, Accidentally On Purpose, MASH'on'Da'BEAT, Mo Betta and more. Come for some great music, food and comraderie and to support Elgin's music and arts communities. Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $10 suggested donation. (847) 429-2276 or sidestreetstudioarts.org. 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12
Southern blues-rocker Mike Zito brings his new album and tour to Lombard's BrauerHouse Live Saturday, May 12.
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Mike Zito and the blues
Southern blues guitarist-vocalist Mike Zito drops his 15th album, "First Class Life," this week and is bringing his "First Class Life Tour" to the Chicago area this weekend to celebrate. Catch him and his relentlessly driving blues rock performance when Tom Holland & The Shuffle Kings join him to pack Lombard's BrauerHouse Live, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $15-$20. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com. 9 p.m. Saturday, May 12
Noah Gabriel album release
Acoustic originals have fueled many a live performance for Aurora native singer-songwriter Noah Gabriel. Grab a craft beer and revisit some tunes, along with a full-band performance, when he drops his 11th studio album "So It Goes ..." with a release show at Two Brothers Roundhouse this weekend. Singer Dave Sills joins him for a closing set. Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora. Free. (630) 220-5912 or twobrothersbrewing.com. 9 p.m. Saturday, May 12
Andrew W.K. heads to Chicago's Vic Theatre Saturday, May 12, with The Kickback for a show rescheduled from Oct. 21.
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• Smallpools' "Spring Is Sprung Tour" featuring Great Good Fine Ok, Half the Animal: 6 p.m. Friday, May 11, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $20-$25. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.
• Binx, Gramma, In Lieu, Burn Affect: 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $5 suggested donation. (847) 429-2276 or sidestreetstudioarts.org.
• Company of Thieves, Rob Clancy: 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., Chicago. $20-$50. (312) 526-3851 or thaliahallchicago.com.
• Minor Characters, Low Swans, Whisky Tales: 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.
• Big Story, Take the Reins, Bobby Zonit: 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, at RocHaus, 96 W. Main St., West Dundee. Free. (815) 482-2870 or rochaus.com.
• Bullet Boys, Enuff Z'nuff, Venrez, 20Spot: 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Tailgaters Sports Bar, 431 W. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. $18-$25. (630) 679-1994 or ticketweb.com.
• Dirty Water, Rebel Soul Revival: 9 p.m. Friday, May 11, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $7-$10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.
• DJ noDJ: 9 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora. Free. (630) 264-2739 or twobrothersbrewing.com.
• The Throwbacks: 7 p.m. Saturday. May 12, at Tighthead Brewing Company, 161 N. Archer Ave., Mundelein. Free. (847) 970-9174 or tightheadbrewing.com.
• Harpeth Rising: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Maple Street Chapel, 220 S. Main St., Lombard. $18. (630) 627-0171 or maplestreetconcerts.org.
• Trippin Billies: 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Basecamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $8-$10. (331) 777-4712 or ticketweb.com.
• Andrew W.K., The Kickback (rescheduled from Oct. 21): 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago. $25. (Tickets purchased for the Oct. 21 show will be honored.) (773) 472-0449 or victheatre.com.
• Rock for a Cure -- The Melt Your Face Edition featuring 13-Monsters, Guardsman, Bubbles Erotica, Orchestra in Black, Jury of Fears and Amsedel: 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 871-4343 or events.wamilive.com.
• Spaceface, Faux Furrs, The Voluptuals: 8 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. $10-$12. (773) 525-2508 or lh-st.com.
• Hawthorne Heights, Stick To your Guns, Sienna Skies: 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $18-$100. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.
• Alice In Chains, Walking Papers: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Riviera Theatre, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago. $68. (773) 275-6800 or rivieratheatre.com.
• Justin Townes Earle, Lilly Hiatt: 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $25-$45. (847) 492-8860 or evanstonspace.com.
• Youth in a Roman Field, Lunar Ticks, Gia Margaret: 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 404-9494 or martyrslive.com.
• Swimming With Bears, The Cuckoos: 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 281-4444 or beatkitchen.com.
• Ike Reilly, Gia Margaret: 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $18-$20. (773) 728-6000 or oldtownschool.org.
• 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. 4" Spotify playlist for a sampling of some of the local bands he's written about recently for the Daily Herald.