Sound check: Fairview plays Fitz’s Spare Keys
The Addison pop darlings of Fairview have been building a name on the suburban scene as members of Humans Were Here, a music label started by Tom Higgenson of the suburban-born Plain White T’s. The band, known for sweet harmonies, serves up what it dishes out best with the newest song and video “Our Little Secret” in anticipation of a record release show Sunday before heading out on tour with the T’s. Head to Fitz’s Spare Keys early for a VIP pre-party as well as sets by special guests Darren Vorel and Lunar Hotel. Fitz’s Spare Keys, 119 N. York St., Elmhurst. $10; $30 for VIP party and general admission. (630) 379-5007 or fairviewtickets.bigcartel.com. 6:30 p.m. doors (5:30 p.m. VIP party) Sunday, June 10
Shallow Side, Bobaflex join A.M.B. Fest at Penny Road Pub
Elk Grove Village’s Matt Daniels returns home with the Alabama-bred rock band he recently joined — Shallow Side — as they make a tour stop Saturday at Penny Road Pub’s A.M.B. Fest, a three-day celebration of national and local rock acts getting ready to melt faces and tear up the dance floor. Doors open at 3 p.m. Friday for Karma’s Agent, Fire the Canon, Frankie B., Wings of Severance, Sons of Vengeance and more. Saturday’s lineup heats up at 10 a.m. for performances by School of Rock, Ignescent, Invictus, Boneshaker, VEILSIDE, Bobaflex, Anarbor, Silvertung, Axios and more. Sunday’s lineup kicks off at 11 a.m. with Soul Patch Monkey, Brandon Hovland, Speed of Sound, High Octane and more. 3 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, June 8-10, at Penny Road Pub, 545 Penny Road, Barrington. $20 for all three days; $15 for single-day admission Friday and Sunday; $17 for Saturday single-day admission. (847) 428-0562 or jbc.ticketleap.com or pennyroadpub.com.
Drake Bell at RocHaus
Actor/voice artist Drake Bell is probably best known for his days on TV, most notably from his role on Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh.” But even then music was in his blood. (Did you know he wrote and performed the show’s theme song?) Bell has tapped into that skill set since with the release of several power-pop albums and singles over the last decade, including last year’s “Honest,” as well as recent visits performing in the Chicago area. Catch Plainfield rockers Over the Sun — featuring Joe Brunker, Colin Mackenzie, Nick Stubblefield and Chris Marszalek — when they join him this weekend along with Authentic Pines, Black Forest and Isabel Osorio at West Dundee’s RocHaus, 96 W. Main St., West Dundee. $25 for general admission; $35 for balcony; a preshow meet-and-greet package is also available. (815) 482-2870 or rochaus.com. 7 p.m. Friday, June 8
The Battle continues
Side Street Studio Arts rolls out week 2 in its summerlong Battle of the Bands this weekend with unjuried performances by New Nights, Shaken Baby Syndrome and Water Dog. Bands will be voted on by attendees, so come out and support your favorite local performers. And congratulations to last week’s winners, Middle Aged Overdose and Quiet Cove, who will be moving on to the quarterfinals in July. Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $5 suggested donation. (847) 429-2276 or sidestreetstudioarts.org. 7 p.m. Saturday, June 9