This Week in Great Music – 10/5 – 10/11

Another week, another great round of live music.  I could see myself at a show every night, if I were, you know, made of money and didn’t have other responsibilities.  I will be at the Decemberists show on Thursday, and so have the next few days to decide between that age old dilemma — do I head straight for a seat in the balcony when I get to the Riviera, or do I try to battle it out amongst the rest of the crowd to get a good spot on the floor?  It’s a Hazards of Love show, so I may opt for the balcony, the better to see things with.  As for Thursday’s Hideout lineup, I don’t know anything about any of the three bands (Disappears, Follows, and Implodes), but I love the fact that all three band names are verbs and that alone kind of makes me want to check it out.  I’m way sad that the Portugal. The Man/Hockey/Drug Rug shows sold out at Schubas before I figured out if I wanted to go or not.  I’ll be keeping a lookout for some last-minute released tickets at Schubas, if I’m lucky.

Monday, October 5, 2009
Erin McCarley and Landon Pigg, Schubas. 7 pm, $15.
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, Lakeshore Theater (3175 N. Broadway). 8 pm, $20.

Tuesday, October 6
Yo La Tengo, the Vic. 7:30 pm, $24.
Vedera, Hard Rock Café (63 W. Ontario). 9 pm, free. Donations accepted at the door to benefit Chicago’s own Breast Cancer Network of Strength.

Wednesday, October 7
Ian Anderson, the Vic. 7:30 pm, $70.
Colbie Caillat, Howie Day, and Trevor Hall, the Riviera. 7 pm, $27.50.
Vienna Teng, SPACE (1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston). 8 pm, $18-34.
Andrew McMahon, Lakeshore Theater. 8 pm, $25.

Thursday, October 8
Maxwell, Common, and Chrisette Michele, United Center (1901 W. Madison). 7:30 pm, $20-150.
The Decemberists and Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames, the Riviera. 7 pm, $30.
The Horse’s Ha and Simon Kashama, Chicago Cultural Center. 6:30 pm, free.
Disappears, Follows, and Implodes, Hideout. 9 pm, $10.

Friday, October 9
Mat Kearney and Diane Birch, House of Blues. 7:30 pm, $23-27.
Leon Redbone, Old Town School of Folk Music. 8 pm, $24-28.

Saturday, October 10
They Might Be Giants, the Vic. 4 pm and 8 pm, $25.
Paramore, Paper Route, and The Swellers, House of Blues. 7:30 pm, $27.50.
Loney Dear, Asobi Seksu, and Anna Ternheim, Bottom Lounge. 8 pm, $15.
Jonathan Coulton and Paul and Storm, Park West. 8 pm, $20-22.
Portugal. The Man, Hockey, and Drug Rug, Schubas. 10pm, sold out.

Sunday, October 11
Brazilian Music Festival, Nichols Concert Hall (1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston). 1 pm, free.
Portugal. The Man, Hockey, and Drug Rug, Schubas. 8 pm, sold out.