Looking ahead to the coming weeks (because I'm gearing up to take a bit of much-need time off, and this is one less thing to do before I can!), here are some shows of special note on the September schedule.
Sandwiched in the middle of the bill between rather tired headliners the Dandy Warhols and openers Upsidedown, the Los Angeles quartet Darker My Love performs at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield, on a bill that starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12. The group is touring in support of its excellent second album, appropriately entitled "2," and explore a heady, intoxicating sound that is equal parts shoegazer mysticism and garage-rock aggression. Tickets are $24 at the box office, (773) 472-0449.
Hot off a month-long residency at Schuba's and with excitement building forir the new album "Inside the Human Body," coming in October from the local Minty Fresh label, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons perform at Metro, 3730 N. Clark, opening for the much-hyped New York band the Walkmen at 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12. Also on the bill: Golem. Tickets are $17; call (773) 549-4140 or visit www.metrochicago.com.
One of the highlights of this year's Chicago World Music Festival, the Peruvian surf/psychedelic dance band Chicha Libre performs twice on the following weekend: at 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 at Martyr's, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave.(tickets are $12; call 773-404-9494) and at 3:30 p.m. the next day, Saturday 9/20, in the Beer Garden at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand (admission is free; call 312-595-7437 for more info).
With performances by 65 artists from 39 countries, the World Music Festival starts on Sept. 19 and runs through Sept. 25. The full calendar can be found at www.CityofChicago.org/WorldMusic.
Finally, festival season hasn't ended, it's just moved indoors. Rechristened Decibelle after several years as Estrojam, this Chicago fest remains an exciting celebration of avant/underground music, literature and art, heavy on the grrrl power, and it kicks off with a big dance party featuring Plushgun on Tuesday Sept. 23 at the Funky Buddha Lounge, 728 W. Grand. Events run through Sept. 27, and other highlights include Miss Kittin and the Hacker at the Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, on Wednesday Sept. 24; several screenings of the Gits movie at the Green Lantern Theatre, 1511 N. Milwaukee and rapper Lady Tigra, a pioneering woman in hip-hop as half of L'Trimm, at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, on Saturday Sept. 27. For the full schedule and much more information on the Decibelle Festival, visit http://decibelle.org/.