Sound check: Badflower rocks, rips your heart out at free WKQX show
Badflower at BaseCamp
Badflower is the epitome of modern rock: one foot in huge, hard-driving, sound while also dipping a toe in deliciously tortured, emotional pop. The lead single, “Ghost,” nearly hit the peak position atop the rock charts, with follow-up “Heroin” chasing close behind, earning the band a nomination for iHeart Radio’s Best New Rock/Alternative Artist. Badflower is out on a national tour promoting the recent release of its first full-length studio album, “OK, I’M SICK,” with a stop at Lisle’s BaseCamp. The free show, sponsored in part by WKQX 101.1-FM, also features New Jersey’s Deal Casino and Cali garage-rockers Fencer. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at BaseCamp Pub, 5750 Lakeside Drive, Lisle. Free, but tickets are limited so arrive early. (331) 777-4712 or facebook.com.
She Rides Tigers’ ‘Scars’ release
West suburban rock band She Rides Tigers — with Joe O’Leary, James Scott and Ryan Birkett — is prepped and ready to drop a new set of songs. And if the already-released single “Scars of Allegory” is any indication, this hard-rocking trio will deliver a banging show at Reggies this weekend. Join the release celebration along with Dangerous Chairs, This Pine Box and Farewell Captain. 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Reggies, 2105 S. State St., Chicago. $8-$10. (312) 949-0120 or reggieslive.com.
The legendary Jimmy Webb
Arguably best known for his songwriting collaborations with Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt and others, the Grammy Award-winning songwriter Jimmy Webb brings five decades worth of musical expertise to the stage when he pulls up to the piano and shares stories behind many favorite songs. Catch the legendary writer of “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “The Highwayman,” “MacArthur Park” and more when he brings the hits to the Woodstock Opera house this weekend. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. $46. (815) 338-5300 or woodstockoperahouse.com.
AM Taxi on vinyl
AM Taxi‘s recent album release show packed Reggies, and for good reason: The band’s solid rock sound, catchy melodies and heartfelt lyrics speak loud and clear to a love of stories, especially on the latest, “Shiver By Me.” The band is teaming up for the vinyl album release show with longtime musical collaborator Darren Vorel and Parker, the newish kids on the block already making a big name on the pop-punk scene. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 281-4444 or beatkitchen.com.
Breaking The Silence 11
Breaking The Silence, the annual benefit concert for autism awareness launched by Veilside’s drummer Ron Thomas, hits the Durty Nellie’s stage Sunday for a full afternoon of music, comraderie, raffles and more. This year’s lineup features performances by Veilside, Friction, Thomas, ARRA, Racing the Sun and Aeth3r. Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Durty Nellie’s, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. $10 for general admission at the door; children 12 and younger admitted free. Extreme VIP packages are available at vsbts.org.
WRSE Battle of the Bands
Elmhurst College Radio WRSE 88.7 FM sends off April with its third annual Battle of the Bands competition this weekend. Cheer on this year’s five competitors: Big Groove Time, East Avenue, Eugeine Grey and the Bad Habits, FERN and Tonic Freight Train. Doors open at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Elmhurst Brewing Company, 171 N. Addison Ave., Elmhurst. Free; all ages. (630) 834-2739 or elmhurstbrewingcompany.com.
North Coast on sale
The two-day North Coast music festival announced this summer’s lineup this week, featuring headliners Bassnectar, Major Lazer, Flux Pavilion and Jauz, along with a full two-stage lineup of electronic acts. North Coast celebrates its 10th anniversary Aug. 30-31 with a move to Chicago’s Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Tickets will go on sale at noon Friday, April 26, at northcoastfestival.com.
• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music fanboy. Find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter at @thatshamieguy. Brian also keeps tabs on the Chicago-area music scene at chicagosoundcheck.com.