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Sound check: Scotch the Filmmaker, Honey & the 45s at Schubas

If you’re looking for dreamy pop-rock, Chicago indie-alternative six-piece Scotch the Filmmaker serves up what you’re craving — bright, melodic tunes woven with comforting harmonies and sentimental riffs. Over the last year, the band — Joe Monahan and Brad Mueller of Riverside, Joliet native Brian Kinney, Chicago’s Franny Sadler, and Katie and John Schieber — delivered a new album, “Can’t Say It With Words,” along with a set of single/EPs, “Lake Effect Indie,” in three volumes. Hear the band’s new songs when they play a Thursday night set at Schubas alongside hometown blues-funk rockers Honey & the 45s and West Chicago singer-songwriter Neon Creek. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. $10-$12. (773) 525-2508 or

All hail Ian

Ian’s Party, the annual three-day celebration of music, comedy and performance art around Wicker Park’s six corners, launches Friday, bringing more than 50 acts to Chop Shop and Subterranean’s two stages. Acts include The Brokedowns, Canadian Rifle, The Arrivals, Bobby Conn, Drilling for Blasting, Meat Wave and many others — see for the full lineup and schedule. A weekend pass will run you $50 for all events on all three days; Friday and Saturday passes are $25 each day and $15 for Sunday. Limited tickets are available for individual shows at venues. 5:55 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4; 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5; and 4:20 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago, (773) 278-6600 or, and Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., Chicago, (773) 537-4440 or

She’s Alive again

Chicago pop-punk scene is alive and well when She’s Alive takes the stage for Wire’s second annual Winter Party in Berwyn this weekend, heading a lineup including West suburban pop-punk band Cliffhanger, punk rock from Zombie Schoolboy, pop-punk from Rematch and indie-pop from Karma Wears White Ties. Proceeds from the event will benefit Family Shelter Service, a charity offering services for victims of domestic abuse. The Glory Years, a Chicago band steeped in early-2000s pop-punk covers, will play an after-party set following the show. 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. $10-$12. (708) 669-9473 or

David Forman ‘Raw’

If you’ve seen the 2016 movie “What Happened Last Night” or the Amazon series “New Dogs, Old Tricks,” chances are you’ve heard songs by Skokie’s David Forman and his David Forman Project. His new song “Flavor” (which is featured in the series, along with other DFP works) is being considered for a Daytime Emmy nomination for Best Original Song. The final nominations will be announced Jan. 24, but you can check it out now on the band’s new EP, “DFP Raw AF,” which was released this week on CD BabyApple Music and Spotify.

• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music fanboy. You can follow him on Twitter at @thatshamieguy.

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