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Sound check: Spend two nights with Smoking Popes

Popes on parade

The Northwest suburban-born band The Smoking Popes makes two appearances at the Bottom Lounge for the Live From the Rock Room Fest, celebrating the past. Friday night band members fete the 20th anniversary of their “Destination Failure” album, along with Red City RadioThe Dopamines and Kali Masi. On Saturday, the Popes will play favorites from their first two albums, “Get Fired” and “Born To Quit,” joined by The Mr. T ExperienceKepi Ghoulie and Telethon. Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $20 each night. (312) 666-6775 or 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12

Andrew Moore: ‘I am from Elgin’

Andrew Moore, the Elgin-area hip-hop artist whose “Shop Local” project last year brought together musicians and visual artists from Elgin to create an intensely local album and book, is throwing a one-year anniversary party this weekend celebrating the collaboration. Side Street Studio Arts is hosting the bash, which will feature food trucks, raffles and performances by Watch City, Accidentally On Purpose, MASH’on’Da’BEAT, Mo Betta and more. Come for some great music, food and comraderie and to support Elgin’s music and arts communities. Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $10 suggested donation. (847) 429-2276 or 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12

Note: Read more about Andrew Moore’s “Shop Local” here.

Noah Gabriel album release

Acoustic originals have fueled many a live performance for Aurora native singer-songwriter Noah Gabriel. Grab a craft beer and revisit some tunes, along with a full-band performance, when he drops his 11th studio album “So It Goes …” with a release show at Two Brothers Roundhouse this weekend. Singer Dave Sills joins him for a closing set. Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora. Free. (630) 220-5912 or 9 p.m. Saturday, May 12

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