The Roaches head to Westmont's The Uptown for a show with Lex Miller and The Perks Saturday, July 7. - Courtesy of The Roaches

Sound check: The Roaches go Uptown

Downers Grove’s The Roaches — the Friday night winner of this past weekend’s Homegrown Battle of the Bands competition — brings some down and dirty rock ‘n’ roll to Westmont’s Uptown Saturday. Catch Matt Shukin’s pipes as he soars with the band, joined by Lex Miller and The Perks, at the free show. The Uptown, 12 W. Burlington Ave., Westmont. Free. (630) 969-4717 or facebook.com. 9 p.m. Saturday, July 7

Social cues?

Get a taste of what two men are capable of with the right tools when Social Que plays Chicago’s Elbo Room Wednesday, July 11. The fun and energetic duo — Ian Rottner on guitar, and Samuel Gutsmiedl with the beats — conjure an incredibly full sound from just two instruments and some vocals. And they get bonus points for their Incubus-inflected original songs. Catch them when they take the stage with Rebels in Stereo, Jack Droppers & the Best Intentions and The Punch at Elbo Room, 2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $9. (773) 549-5549 or eventbrite.com. 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 11

Side Street Battle quarterfinals

Eight bands are moving on to the quarterfinals round of the Side Street Studio Arts’ summerlong Battle of the Bands. This week, BinxMiddle Aged OverdoseShaken Baby Syndrome and Mr. Butterfield face off to see who makes the late-July semifinals. As always, fans get to vote on the night’s winners, so come out and support your favorite local performers. Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $5 suggested donation. (847) 429-2276 or sidestreetstudioarts.org. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 7

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