Skokie’s Kenn Goodman and Freeport’s Rick Mosher harness their considerable talents from their time on the Chicago scene for their most recent project together, The Imperial Sound, a full-bodied swing band that encompasses a mix of pop, rock and Chicago’s soul legacy. Together with their bandmates — Jason Batchko, Gary Schepers, David Winer and David Smith — they produce a sound lively with power chords and jazzy horns, beautiful harmonies and danceable rhythms. The Imperial Sound celebrates the recent release of its debut album “The New AM” with a show at Arlington Height’s Hey Nonny with Rachel Drew and Tony Richards. 8:30 p.m. (doors at 7:30) Saturday, Jan. 26, at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. $15-$30. (224) 202-0750 or heynonny.com.
For the pups
The Chicago-based Trio Animal Foundation raises money for costly medical care for sick and injured animals brought in to rescue shelters. BaseCamp Pub is hosting a night of music — featuring DJ Cross, Jame$ Dean, Coco Joe, Solar Core and HEY CAPTN — raffles and merch sales to benefit the foundation. Donations can also be made at ticketweb.com. 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. Suggested donation $10 or more. (331) 777-4712 or ticketweb.com.
Smoking Popes in Elgin
Northwest-suburban punk band the Smoking Popes, back in its original glorious lineup, heads up a night of rock at Elgin’s Legit Dogs & Ice. For a bit there it seemed like the show might not happen (because of occupancy restrictions — not very punk rock at all!), but the show is back on, supporting the band’s recent release, “Into the Agony,” along with guests The Turdles and Death & Memphis. 8:30 p.m. (doors at 7) Saturday, Jan. 26, at Legit Dogs & Ice, 51 S. Grove Ave., Elgin. $15. (708) 738-8306 or brownpapertickets.com.
Underbelly Hours kickoff at Cairo
Adela and Dan, hosts of The Underbelly Hours radio show on Elmhurst College’s WRSE-88.7 FM, are throwing a kickoff party for the 2019 season of the radio show, and you’re invited! The party features some of the show’s favorite underground acts from last year — The Child of Eve, Elysian Green, Pino Farina, From the Start, The God Awful Small Affairs and Rotten Mouth — along with raffles, food, brews and more. 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Cairo Ale House, 2009 Franciscan Way, West Chicago. $5. (630) 876-9600 or cairoalehouse.com.
Friday Pilots and the gang
One of the best parts of the Chicago-area music scene is the comraderie between musicians. See that up close when Friday Pilots Club — purveyor of dark and edgy pop-rock with a tangible attitude and winner of last year’s national Next2Rock contest — headlines a night of fine musicians and scene friends: Northwest suburban August Hotel‘s ’80s-infused synth-pop, dreamy indie from Capital Soiree and funk-flavored synth-rock from Palatine’s Ember Oceans. The show is an all-ages night but it’s sure to be a party, so get there on time to catch all four bands. 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. $10-$13. (773) 525-2508 or lh-st.com.
Pale Lungs, Whale Bones, The Million Reasons, Authentic Pines: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Subterranean Downstairs, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $8. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.
PaJamuary with EGi, Stampy, Goose: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison, Chicago. $10-$15. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.
Gravity — The John Mayer Experience: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at The Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. $20. (630) 584-6300 or pheasantrun.com.
Sons of Ra, Earth Program, Knives are Quiet, Gentle Gene: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at LiveWire Lounge, 3394 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 756-5363 or livewire.do312.com.
Local Motive, Holly, Jam City Collective: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., Chicago. $10-$12. (773) 537-4440 or chopshopchi.com.
Trillium: 8:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. $10. (630) 969-9720 or twowaystreet.org.
Lateralus, Cyberiam, Axios: 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at BrauerHouse Live, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $12-$15. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.
Blacklist Regulars: 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Nevin’s Brewing Company, 12337 IL-59, Plainfield. (815) 436-3900 or nevinsbrewing.com.
Blackmarket Democracy, Bulletproof: 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at BrauerHouse, 1000 N. Rohlwing Road, Lombard. $8-$10. (630) 495-2141 or brauerhouse.com.
Revolt Coda, The Coils, Overclocked: 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 281-4444 or beatkitchen.com.
Punk Goes Prom with Tricky Mission, Sell Out: 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. $7-$10. (331) 777-4712 or ticketweb.com.
The Piano Man’s Piano Man — A tribute to the music of Billy Joel: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. $15-$25. (815) 356-9212 or rauecenter.org.
The Rhythm Rockets: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Frankie’s Blue Room, 16 W. Chicago Ave., Naperville. $10. (630) 416-4898 or frankiesblueroom.net.
Matt Derda & The High Watts: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Johnny’s Blitz, 20 N. Cass Ave., Westmont. Free. (630) 541-9015 or facebook.com.
Terrapin Flyer: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 537-4440 or chopshopchi.com.
The Jades, The New Zeitgeist, Jeff Brown, Emily White: 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Subterranean Downstairs, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $8. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.
A Dozen Paces, Foresight: 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Crown Liquors & Taproom, 2821 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Free. (773) 252-9741 or crownliquorschicago.com.
Turn N Fire, Action Boy, The Fonzie Scheme, Spooky Boo: 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Burlington Bar, 3425 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago. (773) 384-3243 or theburlingtonbar.com.
Duly Noted 1-Year Anniversary Show featuring Baertrum: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at On Tour Brewing, 1725 W. Hubbard St., Chicago. Free. (312) 796-3119 or ontourbrewing.com.
Eddy and the Arsons, Detour North, Makena, Glory Days, Invictus: 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. $10-$13. (312) 923-2000 or houseofblues.com.
Thin Lips, Grace Vonderkhun, Typesetter, What Gives: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.
Story of the Year, World War Me, Bury Me in Lights, Open Your Eyes: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $22. (312) 666-6775 or bottomlounge.com.
Los Unos, Counterfeit Money Machine, Bur, Art: 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., Chicago. $7-$10. (773) 537-4440 or chopshopchi.com.
• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music fanboy. You can follow him on Twitter at @thatshamieguy. Also check out new music he’s listening to from some great local acts on “Chicago Sound Check 2019v1” on Spotify.