Sound check: LBC heads a night of rock, punk at Metro
Chicago’s venerated Metro, a music venue goal post for many area bands, is continuing its 35th anniversary celebration Friday with a major local show. Lucky Boys Confusion headlines a not-to-be-missed lineup that includes rockers Zombie Schoolboy (releasing a new album, “Flashlights in a Dark Place,” that day), The Linden Method debuting a new more mature punk sound (and releasing their new album, “Thin Skin”) and Take the Reins (whom you can read more about here). 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago. $21-$26. (773) 549-4140 or metrochicago.com.
Jeff Tweedy benefits
Jeff Tweedy, the lead singer of Chicago alternative rock band Wilco, is playing his two-night Annual Benefit for Education at the Vic Theatre this weekend. Tickets for the solo show are sold out for Saturday, but Friday tickets are still available. 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago. $75-$150. (773) 472-0449 or victheatre.com.
Fight Cancer 365
Stereo Nightclub and Iconyk Entertainment are bringing together Chicago-area artists for Fight Cancer 365, a night of music and dance to benefit the Huntsman Cancer Institute, a research facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. The musical lineup includes DJ GoodSex, Jame$ Dean, Mr Bobby, Cory Night, TECKO, Samurai Rex and Too Shy. There will also be a raffle for a gift basket with goods from local vendors. 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Stereo Nightclub, 5616 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago. $10 donation. (773) 889-7171 or stereochicago.com.
The Claudettes at Emporium
If you drew a Venn diagram illustrating the overlap between bawdy blues, rowdy rock and manic punk, you could very well find Chicago’s The Claudettes at that intersection. I can think of no better way to describe the soulful and engaging songs this band conjures up. The quartet — Johnny Iguana on piano (yes, piano!), Berit Ulseth on vocals, Zach Verdoorn on bass and the mic, Matt Torre on drums — recently released the album, “Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium!” Celebrate the release with them when they play a free show at Emporium’s Wicker Park outpost with The Cell Phones this weekend. 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Emporium, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Free, but reservations are recommended. (773) 697-7922 or emporiumchicago.com.
Breaking the Silence
Prepare for a full day of comraderie as Breaking the Silence turns it up for autism awareness at Durty Nellie’s Sunday, April 29. Started 10 years ago by Ron and Jean Thomas to raise awareness of the struggles faced by their children Justin and Brianna, Breaking the Silence has grown into an annual event featuring food, music and fellowship. This year’s lineup includes performances from Veilside, Reckless, The Millennials, Boneshaker, Black Sand Armor, Superbig, Enemy of Culture and Bobaflex. Proceeds will benefit the Chicago Autism Resource and Education, a volunteer organization that distributes information and education to help people understand and care for people with autism. Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Durty Nellie’s, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $10 general admission; VIP table packages are available. (847) 358-9150, durtynellies.com or vsbts.org.