Hey! It's Thursday afternoon, and that means it's almost the weekend, and that means it's time for me to mention a few shows that are happening that we weren't able to get into the paper, because, y'know, paper is finite.
Tomorrow (Friday) at noon, Pete Bush and the Hoi Polloi play the Arts Festival -- I reviewed their new album in this week's paper, so check that out, and go eat lunch with them tomorrow if it sounds intriguing. Brandi Carlile headlines the Arts Fest lineup Friday night, playing at 8 p.m.
Elsewhere tomorrow night, Smith Westerns hit Mr. Small's -- these Chicago kids have gone from Gooski's to Brillobox to headlining the big church place all in about a year's time(?) Satin Gum opens.
And at Howlers in Bloomfield Friday night, Summer Lungs release a CD, with support from Action Camp, Ag Ag Lady and Ohio's Hot Cha Cha.
Saturday night, synthpop big deal Freezepop plays the 31st Street Pub; at Howlers, the bill is Nervous Jerks, Triggers and Delicious Pastries. And at Altar Bar, locals Identity X present their second IDXFEST, featuring Blameshift, River Runs Scarlet, Maesion, Amuck, Highland Pines and Atlas. And an all-star local lineup plays Mr. Small's Saturday night as a Rock the Streets benefit: Nik and the Central Plains, Meeting of Important People, School of Athens, The Jim Dandies, The Turpentiners, Truth in Advertising and Jay Malls perform.
Enjoy, OK?!?!? And check back tomorrow for a chance to win tickets to next week's Devo concert at Stage AE.