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This Weekend In Music: Three To See

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 28, 2014 9:30PM

Diarrhea Planet plays the Empty Bottle's (brrr) winter block party Saturday. Photo via the band's Facebook page

Empires at Township
Empires recently signed to Chop Shop / Island Records so these shows in the relatively tiny confines of Township should be a bit of a victory lap and a real treat for fans. In the past the band mined early Radiohead and their ilk for their sound, but the new track "How Good Does It Feel" sees the band trying on the glitter suits of The Killers for size, and it fits 'em well.

Feb. 28 (21+) and March 1 (18+) at Township, 2200 N California, $10

White Mystery at Cobra Lounge
White Mystery headlines a bill including Son Of A Gun, The Textiles and Holy Motors that functions as a SXSW kick-off show. It might seem a little early to send these kids off to Austin, but it does help them avoid conflicting with the annual send-off party Hideout has every year (that's next weekend). Whatever, we don't care, since we really don't need an excuse to check out the brother and sister team beat up their instruments in the quest to create raucous, joyful noise.

Saturday, March 1, at Cobra Lounge, 235 N Ashland, 8 p.m., $5 or try and win tickets from Do312, 21+

Music Frozen Dancing: A Winter Block Party
We're sure when the Empty Bottle cheekily decided to throw a winter block party they figured Chicagoans would laugh at 30-40 degree temps. Little did they expect another arctic freeze to sweep into town just in time for this outdoor show. Currently temps are predicted to be in the low 20s during this afternoon show. And maybe snow. That said, jesus christ, look at this bill! Marnie Stern, Diarrhea Planet and Heavy Times? This is going to fucking rock! Although we admit we feel bad for Stern because NO ONE should have to follow Diarrhea Planet, those guys are bonkers. And so much fun. Plus, if anything's gonna heat up the afternoon it's this combination of musical acts. Bundle up!

March 1 at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 1 p.m., FREE, all ages