The music scene in Chicago never slows down, and we’re here to keep you on track. Here is a list Tomorrow’s Verse’s favorite shows in town this week.
Pete Townshend’s “Classic Quadrophenia” @ Rosemont Theater – 9/13
The Who’s Pete Townshend is set to play an extremely special performance in Chicago on Wednesday. Joined by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Billy Idol and tenor Alfie Boe as “Jimmy,” the band will perform an orchestral take on the classic The Who album in full with the help from Chicagoland Pops Orchestra and the Chicago Children’s Choir. A rare, one-off and star-studded show, this is an opportunity that can’t be missed.
Strand Of Oaks @ SPACE – 9/14
A definite favorite of Tomorrow’s Verse, Strand Of Oaks is one of the best up-and-coming guitar-centered bands in the scene right now. Promoting the excellent new full-length Hard Love, the band’s show will be loud, aggressive rock ‘n roll, with Evanston’s SPACE serving as the perfect, intimate setting for the songs.
Riot Fest returns to Chicago’s Douglas Park this weekend, and offers one of its best lineups yet. Though headliners Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age and a recently reunited Jawbreaker are enough to be excited about, performances from New Order, TV On The Radio, Prophets Of Rage, Dinosaur Jr., Built To Spill, The Orwells and many, many other great bands truly make the lineup this year.
Thee Oh Sees @ Thalia Hall – 9/17
California psychedelic staples Thee Oh Sees (now technically just Oh Sees) will return to Pilsen’s Thalia Hall on Friday. Their new album, Orc, is a hard-driving combination of psych-rock freakouts and garage-rock jamming, and one of their best records to date. A band that never disappoints with their high-energy live performances, this one gets a high recommendation from us.
Dinosaur Jr. & Built To Spill @ Bottom Lounge – 9/17
This year’s Riot Fest brings a literal dream-come-true aftershow for alternative rock fans, as Dinosaur Jr. and Built To Spill will share the stage at Bottom Lounge for a late-night set. Dinosaur Jr.’s loud, noisy brand of heavy rock ‘n roll will practically blow the walls off of the 700-capacity venue, while Built To Spill’s energetic early-indie jamming should get an excited crowd moving. Few shows of this caliber come to Chicago.