The King of Mars

Sound check: New King of Mars EP at Reggies

The King of Mars, the brassy, jazzy rock collective from Chicago and the far Northwest Suburbs, teased to the sound on their new EP with the recent single releases of “For a Ride,” a mellow groover thrumming with barely suppressed energy, and the singalong rocker “Tigress.” Hear the rest of the band’s slick new EP when The King of Mars headlines Reggies Rock Club for a “Bleach and Aspirin” release show/”A Haunting on State Street” Halloween party, where they’ll be joined on the bill by blues rockers Alabaster, synth-pop standouts August Hotel and Sir Mango. 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Reggies Rock Club, 2109 S. State St., Chicago. $10-$15. (312) 949-0120 or

Local harvest

Halloween unofficially begins this weekend, and the Homegrown crew is celebrating with the Local Harvest Music Festival. The evening features a full lineup of DuPage musicians — The Roaches, SKYD, Trick Shooter Social Club, Tonic Freight Train, Matt Derda & the High Watts, The Rum Runners and host Aaron Williams — and will also include Halloween trivia and a costume contest. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $7-$8. (331) 777-4712 or

Screen favorites for charity

The Empty Bottle presents “From the Screen to Our Stage,” a benefit show for Foundations of Music, a local charity helping to bring music experience and education to Chicago Public Schools. The show will feature Chicago artists performing as favorite on-screen musicians: Dewey Cox from “Walk Hard,” The Oneders from “That Thing You Do,” Crucial Taunt from “Wayne’s World,” Dragon Sound from “Miami Connection,” Jem & the Holograms from “Jem & the Holograms,” 2Gether from MTV’s “2GETHER” and The Soggy Bottom Boys from “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 276-3600 or

Chevelle’s ‘Spies’

Multi-platinum rock band Chevelle has been on the hustle since 1999, dropping one of the mid-2000s most ubiquitous tracks, “Send the Pain Below.” On Friday, Oct. 26, the Grayslake natives are releasing “12 Bloody Spies: B-Sides and Rarities,” featuring 12 songs from across Chevelle’s catalog. “They are all just small snapshots of where the band was at that moment in time,” Chevelle vocalist Pete Loeffler said in an email interview. The tracks span acoustic songs and bonus tracks from 2002 to 2016, including a very special one. “The song Fizgig really stands out to me personally,” said Loeffler. “It’s a deep cut that was written last minute under a lot of pressure. When played live, I’m always confronted with a lot of guitar pedal changes along with tons of lyrics to try and fit in. I always feel like I have accomplished something special after performing this one.” The album is available for purchase or streaming at

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