Kicking off the new album “Shiver By Me” with the rousing and rollicking previously released single “Saint Jane” was a bold move for Chicago-area band AM Taxi. The song checks off so many boxes for good old Chicago rock with a side of punk — clever phrasing, a catchy melody, shout-along lyrics and musicians who genuinely seem to be having a good time — that it sets the bar high for the rest album. But Naperville’s Adam Krier and the band – Jay Marino, Chris Smith and Lucky Boys Confusion compatriot Jason Schultejann — succeed in creating a world populated with interesting people with even more interesting stories. Hear the album live when AM Taxi plays a release show at Reggies this weekend, supported by 6’10, Daniel Wade with Ryan Powers and Wheaton punk band Take the Reins. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Reggies Rock Club, 2109 S. State St., Chicago. $13-$15. (312) 949-0120 or reggieslive.com.
Carmel Street Scenes
More than 50 local acts converge on Carmel Catholic High School this weekend as the school mounts its annual Carmel Street Scenes. One of Carmel’s biggest fundraisers of the year, the two nights of “Lost Around the World” feature a number of local musicians (including The Good Time Band, The Rocking Chairs, Six Speed Tranny, Jimmy Nick, Moon Money, Jim and Justin from the Modern Day Romeos and more), improv actors, magic, a Las Vegas-style casino night and other events throughout the school, where you will also be treated to food, desserts, adult beverages and more. 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9, at Carmel Catholic High School, 1 Carmel Parkway, Mundelein. $30 per night; $49 for a two-night pass. (847) 566-3000 or carmelstreetscenes.com
Up and At Them!
Wheaton native Johnny Perona brings back his labor of love — Up and At Them! A Benefit to End MS — now in its sixth year. The concert, which raises funds for the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National MS Society, will feature performances by Chicago blues-jazz outfit The Claudettes, Lisle fuzz-rock duo SKYD, Perona’s rocking Davenport Ed and singer-songwriter Laura Glyda. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, Chicago. $12. (773) 281-4444 or beatkitchen.com.
Two nights of Styx
The Styx catalog runs far and wide, a melding of prog-rock and hard rock that brought the world hits such as “Come Sail Away,” “Lady,” “Mr. Roboto” and others. The band returns to hometown Chicago for two nights of shows — at the Genesee Theatre Saturday, Feb. 9, and the Rialto Square Theatre Tuesday, Feb. 12. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan. $59.50-$99.50. (847) 406-3156 or geneseetheatre.com. And 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. $58.50-$123.50. (815) 726-6600 or rialtosquare.com.
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