One week during a year-long separation from his girlfriend, Local H front man Scott Lucas wrote a set of songs and emailed her one a night with the hope of winning her back. Though he has long been one of the most underrated songwriters in Chicago, these songs reveal a more intimate side than Lucas has shown before, and he decided to record them with a more rootsy combo, a side project he's dubbed the Married Men. The band celebrates the release of "George Lassos the Moon" on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, in between an opening set by Apteka at 10 p.m. and headliners Sybris. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door; call (773) 525-2508 or visit www.schubas.com.
Hard rock and heavy metal aren't known as the most female-friendly genres, but Chicago Girls Rock is a group devoted to changing that perception, in part with events such as "Dame-Nation," a lineup of seven female-fronted bands storming the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee, starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, and scheduled to last eight hours. The performers include Whiskey Blonde, High Gloss Black, Sage4, F.H.O.D., Deadmanswake, Losing Scarlett and the Hannah Ford Band, and tickets are $15; for more information, visit www.myspace.com/chicagogirlsrock or www.chicagogirlsrock.com.