Real Live Tigers w/ Isaac Arms (Withershins)
Library House (Urbana, Ill.)
9 p.m. | FREE | Tuesday, December 15
This one will stand to prove not all the best shows will end up being the most attended. Likely to be a small gathering at The Library House in Urbana, Ill., Tony Presley of Real Live Tigers will play a solo set that will be something you’ll remember for a while. The DIY singer-songwriter has been touring for years and years, making his mark on the home-touring route. Withershins frontman Isaac Arms will play in support, busting out a Smashing Pumpkins cover set. Also, the show’s free, so it’s doubly worth it. Message The Library House here for the address.
The Black Sheep Cafe (Springfield, Ill.)
7 p.m. | $5 | Friday, December 18
Springfield-based band Hospital Job will play its official release show for its latest LP, Never Get Cold. The pop-punk album is one of the best releases to come out of Central Illinois this year, making this a show you know will be worth seeing live. Springfield bands The Locals, SAP, and The Suction Cups will also play in support. SAP has had a strong year with a couple of releases, including their latest split with Chicago punk band Person. Springfield is a deep scene and when there’s all-local shows happening, you know you’ll catch something worth your time and money.
Lincoln Hall (Chicago, Ill.)
8 p.m. | $10 in advance, $12 at door | Friday, December 18
Chicago band The Island of Misfit Toys has a strong following and this Friday’s album release show for I Made You Something will be a packed house. The initial appeal is the obvious pageantry of an album release show and the excitement that surrounds it, but here the real draw may be the immensely strong lineup rounding out the show. Island of Misfit Toys’ record wasn’t the strongest we’ve heard in a while, but Ohio emo band Annabel and Chicago-based Nnamdi’s Sooper Dooper Secret Side Project are fantastic bands – especially live. Plus, Laverne – Cory Clifford’s latest project since Pinebocks – is shaping up to be something special too. In all aspects, this show should be a great live music experience to finish off your week.