This Week in Great Music: 9/12 – 9/18

Well, all, I’m back from my trip abroad and am ready to jump right back in to life here. Sort of.

I’ll be at the Matt Pond PA/Rocky Votolato show tonight. They were both fantastic when I saw them earlier this year at Subterranean, so this show shouldn’t be any different.

If you’re looking for something unique this weekend, you should check out the Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusement festival, running Friday through Sunday at Eckhart Park (Chicago & Noble).  Each day features music, cabaret acts, and a reprise of the Renegade Craft Fair.  Admission to the craft fair is free, although the music stages are ticketed events.  Proceeds from selected events will go to local non-profits, including my personal favorite, CHIRP Radio.

Monday, September 12
Robbie Fulks, Steve Frisbie; Hideout. 7 pm, $10 suggested donation
Matt Pond PA, Rocky Votolato, Jeff Pianki; Lincoln Hall. 8 pm, $15
Richard Thompson; SPACE. 8 pm, sold out

Tuesday, September 13
Braids, Pepper Rabbit, Painted Palms; Empty Bottle. 9:30 pm, $10-12

Wednesday, September 14
Empire of the Sun, Miami Horror; Congress Theater. 8 pm, $32
O’Death, Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship?, Al Scorch’s Country Soul Ensemble; Empty Bottle. 9:30 pm, $10

Thursday, September 15
James Vincent McMorrow, Marissa Nadler; Hideout. 8 pm, $12

Friday, September 16
Melissa Ferrick, Ria Mae; SPACE. 8 pm, $25-30
Maria Muldaur; Fitzgerald’s (6615 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn). 9 pm, $15-18
Tapes ‘n Tapes, Howler; Lincoln Hall. 10:30 pm, $15-18

Saturday, September 17

Sunday, September 18
Mucca Pazza; Illinois Cenennial Monument. 4 pm, Free with RSVP at