The Claudettes bring bluesy rock to The Venue in Aurora Friday, Dec. 2. // Courtesy of The Claudettes

Sound check: Blues-rock with The Claudettes, Panic! streams globally

The Claudettes on stage

Part rock, part blues, The Claudettes — Berit Ulseth, Johnny Iguana, Zach Verdoon and Michael Caskey — are a sum of many influences. Their recently released “The Claudettes Go Out!” is an exhilarating showcase for their style, challenging musical compositions driven forward by Ulseth’s sultry vocals. The foursome heads to Aurora’s The Venue Friday paired with openers Daisychain for a special night of blues-powered rock ‘n’ roll. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora. $15-$20; $5 more at the door the day of the show.

Martyrs’ Mild West show

The Mild West continues its growth into a Chicago pop-rock must-see band, with insanely catchy hooks and an energetic stage show headed up by lead vocalist Kylie Bruetman’s spirited antics. This weekend, the foursome headlines Martyrs’ with a lineup that includes Autumn Kings and Fort Wayne’s Middle Names. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Martyrs’, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $15-$20.

ALIGN’s album debut

Don’t be fooled by Schaumburg native James Fisher’s serene beats on his latest releases. The calm energy on the surface of his electronic productions mask an upbeat and emotional hypnotism that had him drawing in audiences on recent touring shows. Catch his alter ego ALIGN as he headlines his biggest Chicago show yet, taking on Lincoln Hall this weekend for his “Endless Summer” album’s debut along with musical guests TVVIN, Levity and a DJ set by The Foons. 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. $15-$20.

‘Higher and Higher’

Bobby Wilson honors his father, the late legendary soul singer Jackie Wilson, with a tribute show — complete with faves like “Lonely Teardrops,” “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher” — at The Venue, 21 S. Broadway Ave., Aurora. $30-$40, $5 more at the door. 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3

Jingle Ball time

On Monday, 103.5 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball Presented by Capital One takes over the Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim Road, Rosemont. Jack Harlow, Pitbull and Khalid take top billing, joined by Macklemore, Lauv, Tate McRae, Ava Max, Jax and Nicky Youre. Tickets start at $63 at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5

Q101’s Twisted Christmas

Now that Q101 is back on the airwaves, the station is also bringing back Twisted Christmas, which takes over the Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago. Portugal. the Man headlines Tuesday night along with Bob Moses and Chicago’s own Beach Bunny. Thursday, Jack White leads the show, joined by Wet Leg and Starcrawler. The 1975 dominates the show Friday night. Tickets start at $51.50 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, and Thursday and Friday, Dec. 8-9

Panic! tour at home

Brendon Urie and the platinum-selling Panic! At The Disco offer fans a virtual treat with the streaming presentation “Everybody Needs A Place To Go: An Evening With Panic! At The Disco.” Filmed during the band’s recent “Viva Las Vengeance” tour stop at the United Center, the full stage show will feature the emo classics that made PATD international stars along with a playthrough of the band’s latest pop-tinged album release. The concert will stream globally starting at 7 p.m. and will be available for replay for 48 hours thereafter. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7; $5 in advance, $10 the day of at

Holiday duo

Grammy-winning, Christian-pop crossover artists and longtime musical collaborators Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith deliver their celebration of Christmas, drawn from three decades of heartfelt holiday albums. Special guest Michael Tait of The Newsboys joins them for their performance at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont. $39.50-$125. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7

• Brian Shamie is a Daily Herald multiplatform editor and local music junkie. Email him at, find him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter (@thatshamieguy) or Instagram (@chicagosoundcheck). 

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