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Sound check: Invisible Cartoons release new EP at Alibi

Members of Invisible Cartoons, the spirited purveyors of “Smile Rock,” are inviting you to get down with them when they drop their second EP release, “Space Cat!” The special night also includes The Civil Engineers and Flowtation along with the chance to snag the new album (which otherwise won’t be available for wide release until 2019). 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Alibi, 12 N. 3rd St., St. Charles. Free. (630) 443-0011 or

Christmas at Wire

Berwyn’s Wire is bumping the holiday spirit up to 11 with its three-night music festival, the 20 Bands of Christmas, featuring a sleighful of touring and local acts. (Unless I’m missing something, I count more than 20, so you music fans must have been extra good this year!) Night one unwrap Ohio punk band City Lights along with Freshman 15, Carousel Kings, When the Sun Sets, Glory Days, Knockout Kid and New Nights. Stocking number two features Seattle post-hardcore band Emery with special guests The Airway, When We Was Kids, Lower Nature, Glass Houses, Qualia, Luzma’ and The Worst of It. And Punchline, Mark Rose, Rookie of the Year, Zombie Schoolboy, Westwood, You Vs. Yesterday and The Dead Seahorses wrap up the weekend with a shiny bow. Single-day and three-day passes are available for the all-ages fest. 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14; 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15; 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $20 for single-day passes; $50 for a three-day pass. (708) 669-9473 or

The Linden Method does comedy

The Linden Method joins comedian Preston Lacy and more for a night of laughs and tunes Thursday, Dec. 20, at Berwyn’s Wire. – Courtesy of Brigid Gallagher

Chicago and Northwest suburban skate punk band The Linden Method joins “Jackass” comedian Preston Lacy, Weeman, Mike Stricker, Tim Brennan, Zach Khan and Brooks Sullivan for an 18-and-older comedy night at Wire. The band performs at the meet-and-greet and after-party, and rumor has it members may be taking part in one of the evening’s stunts. (Pray for them.) 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $15-$18. (708) 669-9473 or

Open Air going on sale

Chicago Open Air, the city’s hard rock and metal fest, returns after a year off to Bridgeview’s SeatGeek Stadium (formerly Toyota Park) Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 2019, bringing acts such as System Of A Down, Ghost, Meshuggah, Beartooth, Tool, The Prodigy, Gojira and more. Tickets — which include single- and two-day passes, as well as VIP packages — go on sale at noon Friday, Dec. 14; see for details and purchase info.

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