Here are some shows to check out around Illinois this week:
Tricot / Maurice / New Color
Empty Bottle (Chicago, Ill.)
9 p.m. | $10 | 21+ | Tuesday, October 20
Japanese math-rock band Tricot make their first appearance in Chicago this week. The female-fronted quadrant just released their second full-length A N D this past May off of Bakuretsu Records. Combining elements of post-hardcore and math rock, Tricot has been gaining popularity largely due to their energetic live shows. Moreover, their songs are so catchy that you’ll wish you knew Japanese so that you could sing along to them. To add to the energy of the night are Chicago’s own New Color. The trio combines elements of jazz and punk to create eccentric, memorable songs. Rounding out the lineup are 7-piece post-rock band Maurice.
Pinto / For Your Health / Collect Yourself / Laverne
Gnarnia (Chicago, Ill.)
7 p.m. | $5 | Thursday, October 22
Life of Arctic Sounds is ready to be repackaged as For Your Health and will be joining forces with emo bands Pinto and Collect Yourself this Thursday at Gnarnia. Be sure to also catch Laverne, who are set to release a new single and subsequent debut album in the upcoming weeks. The band features former members of Pinebocks, which you may remember as the “worst band in Chicago…best band in the world.” Be sure to bring $5 for the touring bands. Click the event poster to message an admin for the address, and, please, respect the space that is Gnarnia and refrain from using any drugs, alcohol or superfluous tomfoolery.
The HighDive (Champaign, Ill.)
8 p.m. | $10 (online) | Saturday, October 24
Champaign’s lovable indie-pop group Elsinore have been playing more and more sparingly over the past few years, but when they do it’s often a memorable performance. The band will be playing along with Chicago-based groups Santah and The Kickback, who have been growing over the past few years before our eyes with high-energy house shows around the Champaign-Urbana and Chicagoland areas. Saturday night’s show will see bands that fit well in a venue like the HighDive fit perfectly together on a logically thought out bill.
The Black Sheep Cafe (Springfield, Ill.)
7 p.m. | $10 in advance, $12 at door | Saturday, October, 24
Springfield’s annual Halloween show “Hobgob” will be at The Black Sheep Cafe this year, featuring five bands including headlining sets from legendary punk bands Leftover Crack and NIL8. Three other out of town bands will join the bill as well, Days N Daze (Texas), All Torn Up (New York), and The Incorporated (Litchfield, Ill.).