The shows we love in Chicago clubs this weekend ...
The Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter currently makes a living playing on the street for tips and selling her homemade CDs, of which she's sold more than 40,000 copies. Her folk-pop songs and crystalline vocals deserve a bigger audience. Daphne Willis opens at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Morse Theater, 1328 Morse. Tickets, $15. Call (773) 654-5100. -- Mary Houlihan
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The striking New York singer has a downtown attitude that involves cigarettes and leather jackets and some darn good tunes built around her boyish vocals. She's played with various lineups in recent years but in 2008 solidified her band and got serious. Buzz is building. Also on the bill: the Virgins and Anya Marina. At 9 p.m. Thursday at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport. Tickets, $12 ($10 in advance). Call (773) 525-2508. -- MH
Riding a considerable buzz that's been building in the indie-rock world since South by Southwest last March, the Scottish quartet brings its effervescent jangle-pop grooves back to Chicago for two shows Saturday at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western. Arc in Round opens the first show at 7 p.m., and Right on Dynamite opens the second at 10. Tickets, $10. Call (773) 276-3600. -- Jim DeRogatis
On the new disc "OH (ohio)," the music of singer-songwriter Kurt Wagner and his adjustable ensemble, Lambchop, has moved away from the country intonations of past albums and into a dreamy introspective folk-pop. Wagner has always done things his way, but perhaps his greatest asset is collaborating with this sparkling group of musicians and friends that keeps evolving. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. Tickets, $16-$20. Call (773) 728-6000. -- MH
THINK FLOYD USA
As if one of the most acrimonious feuds in rock history wasn't enough, it now seems certain that the death last year of founding member and veteran keyboardist Rick Wright means that fans will never see Pink Floyd perform in concert again. Think Floyd USA bills itself as "the American Pink Floyd Show" to set itself apart from the Australian tribute band (to say nothing of many others). It's not the genuine article, but it is a heck of an imitation, and hey, much better to lose oneself in those lush psychedelic grooves at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage, than at Soldier Field, which is where we would have had to see the real deal. The lasers start at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets, $20. Call (773) 929-5959. -- JD
THE WINDY CITY STORY SLAM ALL-CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS
A free event that features poetry, music and some unique Chicago characters. Included are readings by Don De Grazia, Marc Kelly Smith, Slam Championship finalists and past participants; music by Thin Man, the Minneapolis Henrys, BBU and Sergio Mayora, plus DJ sets and a short-film screening. Bill Hillmann is the host. At 8 p.m. Saturday at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Call (773) 549-0203. -- MH