Sound check: Relive the ’90s with Smashing Pumpkins reunion tour
The alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins, whose members leapt from Chicago rockers into national legends with 1993’s “Siamese Dream,” has reunited three-quarters of the band’s founding lineup for its “Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour.” Start the week off right with Billy Corgan, who grew up in Glendale Heights, along with James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin and all their accompanying spectacle when they play two nights at the United Center. 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 13 and 14, at United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago. Tickets start at $45. (800) 745-3000 or smashingpumpkins.com.
Side Street battle finale
All summer long, Side Street Studio Arts has been hosting its Battle of the Bands, paring 16 local bands down to the final two — Sunday Cruise and New Nights. Catch sets from both, find a new favorite and help pick the winner at the Side Street Studios in Elgin. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $5 suggested donation. (847) 429-2276 or sidestreetstudioarts.org.