Indie Pop Agenda: A Whole Weekend of Local Bands to Leave the House For

Attention, pop kids! Put down that 7″, feed your cat, pull on your favorite cardigan (it is a lovely fall day), and get ready to leave the house. We have show announcements for this weekend (and the rest of September!) that will leave you thinking Chicago actually grew an indie pop scene while you were sulking in your bedroom.

This Weekend

shape of pop to come

Panda Riot, StarTropics, Bloom, Richard Album
Cole’s, 2338 North Milwaukee Avenue
Friday, September 11, 9pm / 21+ / Free
Facebook Event

Tonight, head over to Cole’s for Panda Riot, StarTropics, Bloom, and Richard Album. I have crushes on all these bands, but lately I have not been able to stop listening to “Summer Rain” by StarTropics (and then immediately letting it play through to “Swept Away”). This is the kind of beautiful, dreamy pop that you usually have to pay an embarrassing amount of money to import from elsewhere, but this band lives in your neighborhood and plays free shows all the damn time.

Warning: Facebook says this one might start relatively on time (a first in the history of Cole’s) so get there early to catch all of Richard Album, who might be the best possible way to kick off your weekend.

villa coola show

Wally Dogger, Villa Coola, The Faders, The Patio
The Burlington, 3425 W Fullerton Ave
Friday, September 11, 9pm / 21+ / donation
Facebook Event

If you’ve already seen all of the above and are looking for something new to do tonight, might I suggest Villa Coola at The Burlington? Gehring is a rad dude who makes really pretty songs. I’m super bummed to miss this one, guys.

ovef ow show

Cousin Dud, Ovef Ow, James Swanberg
The Burlington, 3425 W Fullerton Ave
Saturday, September 12, 9pm / 21+ / donation
Facebook Event

Tomorrow night, head to The Burlington for Ovef Ow with Cousin Dud and James Swanberg. I came across Ovef Ow’s self-titled EP on Bandcamp and am really excited to see them live. If you love rad female-fronted garage/pop bands like Blizzard Babies and Strawberry Jacuzzi, check these guys out.

jessica marks

Jessica Marks, The Jellies
The Burlington, 3425 W Fullerton Ave
Sunday, September 13, 9pm / 21+ / donation
Facebook Event

Really, I guess you might as well just move into The Burlington since The Jellies and Jessica Marks are rounding out a weekend of pretty sounds there on Sunday night. The Jellies are another pop band I have not actually seen yet but am really digging on Bandcamp.

Coming Up

In case you were thinking this weekend was just a fluke, here’s a list of really great shows happening in the next two weeks. And there are more after that! Let’s all go broke together seeing shows.

Tate Brazas & Dave Davison, Deadbeat, Strawberry Runners
House show, message host for address
Monday, September 14, 8pm / $5

Strawberry Runners are in town from Colorado and they sound so cute, oh my gosh. I’m super bummed because I’m in class until 9 that night and will probably wind up missing them.

Say Lou Lou, Fee Lion
The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue
Tuesday, September 15, 9pm / 21+ / $13 advance, $15 doors

Fee Lion is opening for Say Lou Lou at the Bottle on Tuesday. If you’re going, definitely arrive in time to check her out.

Carbon Tigers, Author, Hawley
Township, 2200 N California Ave
Saturday, September 19, 7:30pm / 21+ / $8 advance, $10 doors

I kind of want to listen to “Dirt” by Hawley forever. She’s playing a few shows coming up, but this is the soonest.

Tiny Fireflies, Magicks, Collages
The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue
Monday, September 21, 9pm / 21+ / Free

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard of dream pop band Tiny Fireflies. They’re playing a free show this month! Score!

Diet Cig, Varsity
Subterranean, 2011 W North Ave
Tuesday, September 22, 8pm / 17+ / $8 advance, $10 doors

Diet Cig are in town and Varsity are opening! You can work on your zine another night.

All Dogs, Hot Breath, Supreme Nothing
Subterranean, 2011 W North Ave
Wednesday, September 23, 8pm / 17+ / $8

Okay fine this is maybe a punk show. Whatever. All Dogs are really great.

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