Sound check: Halloween comedy with The Knits
Musical comedy duo The Knits — otherwise known as Eric McCloskey and Michael Ameling — play a special Halloween-themed edition of Buzzed, their BYOB music and comedy show at The Playground Theater. This month’s performance also features standup by comedians Sean Parker, Lindsay Lucido and John Norman. 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at The Playground Theater, 3207 N. Halsted, Chicago. $8; $10 at the door. (773) 871-3793 or theplaygroundtheater.com.
Watch City on tape
Andrew Moore, the Elgin-area artist who brought together the arts community for last year’s “Shop Local” hip-hop album, is co-hosting a free listening party for his new collaboration with Aaron Kasz, the “Late Work” compilation mixtape. Listen to the album (yes, it actually IS on a cassette tape … and a digital release), which features performances by Angrous, Dave Stone, Kyle Cole, JoN Avarice, SamIam, Nolan Sinnott and Vanessa Ayala, before Saturday’s actual release date. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Elgin Area Taproom, 51 S. Grove. St., Elgin. Free. (844) 822-3826 or facebook.com.
Over the Sun and Boxer Rebellion
West suburban alternative rock band Over the Sun just dropped a surprise EP, “The Wildwood Sessions,” this week on the Chicago scene. Check out the new songs on YouTube (and soon on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify) before the band joins London’s The Boxer Rebellion when the indie rock band plays Chicago’s Bottom Lounge this weekend. 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $22. (312) 666-6775 or bottomlounge.com.