Sleep on It tour stop
While fans are eagerly anticipating the follow-up to 2017’s “Overexposed” album (See the new video below for “Under the Moment,” out today!), Chicago’s Sleep On It has been pushing it hard, touring the country and putting together something new. The band embarks on a new tour this week, co-headlined by Canadian punk band Like Pacific. The rest of the lineup is nothing to sleep on, either, with the likes of In Her Own Words, Never Loved and our own Homesafe rounding out the bill. Catch this weekend’s Bottom Lounge show to see Sleep On It play “Overexposed” in its entirety before the new album takes over your ear buds. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $13. (312) 666-6775 or bottomlounge.com.
The 11th edition of the Pitchfork Music Festival packs three stages with a good mix of festival newbies and return appearances. Haim takes the main slot Friday, along with Motown legends Isley Brothers Saturday and Robyn Sunday. But be sure to make a day (or three) of it so you can soak up all the indie rock, hip-hop, pop and surprises the fest has in store. Noon Friday through Sunday, July 19-21, at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., Chicago. $95 for single-day pass; $200 for three-day pass; $185-$400 for Pitchfork PLUS packages; taxes and fees also apply; see pitchforkmusicfestival.com for details.
YESFest highlights art
YESFest — Elmhurst’s contribution to the performance and visual art discussion — presents acts across four stages over the course of three days in and around the Elmhurst Art Museum. See music, poetry and comedy performed by Chicago-area artists, as well as visual presentations and a film festival component. Don’t miss the after-shows at Elmhurst Brewing Company (171 N. Addison Ave., Elmhurst; elmhurstbrewingcompany.com) to keep the jams going long into the night. 1 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 19-21, at Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. Free. facebook.com or elmhurstartmusum.org.
Kingdoms, Reasons at Beat Kitchen
Fresh off the release of the new single, “Secrets,” The Million Reasons brings its powerful twist on rock to the Beat Kitchen stage, when the band plays alongside the energy of the punk-influenced alternative rock band Tiny Kingdoms. Rock bands Old Sol and Polarizer round out a killer night of music. And a themed one at that: Wear your best Hawaiian shirt to vie for a prize package from the bands. 8 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. $8. (773) 281-4444 or beatkitchen.com.
Round 3.1 in Side Street’s Battle
The Side Street Studio Arts’ Battle of the Bands is closing in on this summer’s winner: This weekend New Nights and Rushmore face off for round 3.1. Every vote counts, so show up and check out some great up-and-coming talent while supporting your favorites. 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) Saturday, July 20, at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin. $5 suggested donation each night. (847) 429-2276 or sidestreetstudioarts.org.
Hot local roundup
• The Imperial Sound, in all its powerful, brassy, harmonious glory, packs its jumping swing sound for a free show at Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights this weekend. 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Hey Nonny, 10 S. Vail Ave., Arlington Heights. Free. (224) 202-0750 or heynonny.com.
• The five Scarbrough siblings in The Footlight District channel their Southern roots, mixing blues and gospel into their solid rock foundation, creating a soulful mix that is nothing short of powerful. Catch them when they headline Subterranean this weekend with Gooey and The Kozmic Kicks. 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $8. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.
• An acoustic take on songs by Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Kid Cudi, and more as performed by former pop-punkster Joe Martin, “hip-hop performed by a nerdy Chicago designer with an acoustic guitar.” 9 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Northside Bar & Grill, 1635 N. Damen Ave., Chicago. Free. (773) 384-3555 or eventbrite.com.
• Bury Me in Lights recently dropped a new EP with two hard-driving alt.rock tracks about recognizing your darker spaces and trying to transition from them. Catch the new songs live when the band plays with Eddy and the Arsons and Dreadwolf this weekend. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $8. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.
• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music junkie. Find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter at @thatshamieguy. Brian also keeps tabs on the Chicago-area music scene at chicagosoundcheck.com.