Sound check: Depeche Mode brings dark dance rock to Chicago
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The English rockers of Depeche Mode brought their new-wave dance rock to the States in the mid-'80s, giving American teens a new way to channel their angst, along with some sick new dance moves. The band, still rocking hard after 30-plus years, brings its catalog of dark hits and favorites to Chicago's United Center with a stage show that's always entertaining. 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. $25-$149. (800) 745-3000 or unitedcenter.com.
Just Do it
Do Division takes over the weekend for a street fest packed with West Town-area retailers, local delicacies and two stages of stellar music. Friday check out Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Modern Vices, La Luz and more. Saturday's lineup includes Deerhoof, Bear vs Shark, Frankie Rose, Divino Nino, Bad Veins, Hidden Hospitals (which just released the new album, "Liars") and more. On Sunday, close out the weekend with Wooden Shjips, Martin Rev, AM Taxi, Lowdown Brass Band, Antibalas, School of Rock Chicago and more! See the full lineup and set times at do-divisionstreetfest.com. 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 1, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, on Division Street from Damen to Leavitt in Chicago. $10 suggested donation; benefits local nonprofits and schools. do-divisionstreetfest.com.
Let the Battle begin!
Side Street Studio Arts is embarking once again on its summerlong journey to promote local musicians as it launches 2018's Battle of the Bands this weekend. Saturday's unjuried performances by Owen Wilson's Nose, One Ping Only, Middle-Aged Overdose and Quiet Cove will be voted on by attendees, so come out and support your favorite local performers ... or find a new favorite band to love! 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $5 suggested donation. (847) 429-2276 or sidestreetstudioarts.org.
Biscuits, beer and bulldogs! (And did I mention pie?) A Sample Life (Adam Stein and Stephanie Fravel) will bring the tunes for the second annual Biscuits & Bulldogs benefit, raising funds for the Chicago English Bulldog Rescue Inc. The event, at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits in Logan Square, will feature a biscuit bar and pie, a Puppaccino bar for the pups, commemorative CEBR cups and beer from Bold Dog Beer Company. And of course, your bullie is invited to the party. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits, 2051 N. California Ave., Chicago. $40 for humans; $5 for bulldogs. (773) 276-8888 or shopcebr.com.
Loverboy and Survivor
Canadian rock band Loverboy brings "Working for the Weekend," "Nothing's Gonna Stop You Now" and more to Ravinia for a night with Chicago-born rock band Survivor. Relive the hits as you relax at the outdoor stage. 7 p.m. (gates open at 4 p.m.) Sunday, June 3, at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $27-$70. (847) 266-5000 or ravinia.org.
Gina Gonzalez and Bryan Sansom: 6 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse, 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard. Free, on the patio. (630) 953-3400 or harrycarays.com.
Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Ozomatli: 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $15-$55. (847) 266-5000 or ravinia.org.
Echoes of Pompeii: 8 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles. $29-$49. (630) 962-7000 or arcadalive.com.
Red Sun Rising, Praise the Fallen: 8 p.m. Friday, June 1, at RocHaus, 96 W. Main St., West Dundee. $20-$40. (815) 482-2870 or rochaus.com.
David Paige and Julianne Q and the Band: 8 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Uncommon Ground (Edgewater), 1401 W. Devon Ave., Chicago. $15. (773) 465-9801 or uncommonground.com.
Shawn Colvin, Danny Kravitz: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2, at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $38-$158. (847) 492-8860 or evanstonspace.com.
Nasty Snacks, Bumpus, DJ Bonita Appleblunt: 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. $12- $15. (773) 525-2508 or lh-st.com.
The Braver Days, Counterpunch, Still Alive, Butchered: 9 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. $9-$12. (312) 226-6300 or cobralounge.com.
Mystic Moon, Phil Angotti and the Night Watchmen: 9 p.m. Friday, June 1, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $7-$10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.
Maurice "Mobetta" Brown featuring Makaya McCraven, Irving Pierce, James Francies & MonoNeon: 9 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $20-$25. (773) 404-9494 or martyrslive.com.
Parker Millsap, Travis Linville: 9 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $17-$20. (773) 525-2501 or lh-st.com.
Hairbangers Ball: 10 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $8. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.
Sweet Sheiks: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. Free. (847) 923-3120 or schaumburg.libnet.info.
Dang Blasted Cranks: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at BrauerHouse Live, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.
Bourbon Aristocracy: 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 4, at Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. Free. (847) 923-3120 or schaumburg.libnet.info.
Zombie Schoolboy, Eternal Boy, Talk To You Never, Bad Planning, Paper Towels: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Evolution Music, 923 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. $10-$12. (630) 541-5022 or 630productions.yapsody.com.
Ric Wilson, Victor!, Family Reunion, Hosted by Odinaka: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $15-$20. (773) 525-2501 or lh-st.com.
Gina Gonzalez: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Roaring Table Brewery, 739 IL-22, Lake Zurich. (224) 662-4562 or roaringtable.com.
Goose Wayne: 8 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Powah Houze, 2831 N. Broadway St., Chicago. Check with venue for ticket info. (773) 248-2445 or renaldispizza.com.
Summer Son: 9 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Firewater Saloon, 3908 W. 111th St., Chicago. Free. (773) 941-5625 or firewatersaloonchicago.com.
There Goes the Neighborhood: 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Clover Sports & Leisure, 722 W. Grand Ave., Chicago. Check with venue for ticket info. (312) 344-1934 or cloverchicago.com.
Terrapin Flyer: 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $10-$15. (773) 404-9494 or martyrslive.com.
Sweet Diezel Jenkins, DJ Little Lisa: 10 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Durty Nellie's, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $7. (847) 358-9150 or durtynellies.com.
Justin Craig: 1 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Craft'd, 16031 S. Lincoln Hwy., Plainfield. Free. (815) 782-8832 or craftdcompany.com.
Sons of the Never Wrong, Robin Bienemann: 7 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston. $15-$35. (847) 492-8860 or evanstonspace.com.
Powerman 5000, Knee High Fox, Emperors and Elephants, Blacklist Regulars, Vent to Atmosphere: 7 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at The Forge, 22 W. Cass St., Joliet. $15-$60. (815) 280-5246 or theforgelive.com.
Libertyville Village Band Summer 2018 Concert Series: 7 p.m. Monday, June 4, at Cook Memorial Rose Garden, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Free. (847) 362-0562 or libertyvillevillageband.blogspot.com.
Jazz is for Everyone: A Community Concert with Lakeside Pride Jazz Orchestra: 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W Campbell St., Arlington Heights. Free. (847) 392-0100 or ahml.info.
Eels with That 1 Guy: 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., Chicago. $38.50. (312) 526-3851 or thaliahallchicago.com.
Gina Gonzalez: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Bandito Barney's, 10 N. River St., East Dundee. (847) 426-7300 or banditobarneysbeachclub.com.
Stephen Marley, Matisyahu: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Ravinia Festival, 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park. $15-$55. (847) 266-5000 or ravinia.org.
Little Dragon: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago. $30. (773) 472-0449 or victheatre.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. 4" Spotify playlist for a sampling of some of the local bands he's written about recently for the Daily Herald.