TAPES 'N TAPES
The boys from Minnesota bring their urgent, strummy rock (which has been compared to the likes of Pavement and the Pixies and also bears traces of Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse) to Metro for a show with East Coast indie rockers Wild Light at 9 p.m. Saturday at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Tickets, $16. Call (773) 549-0203; www.metrochicago.com.
More club shows after the jump ...
LITTLE BIG TOWN
The country vocal quartet recently scored two Academy of County Music nominations, one for top vocal group and the other for vocal event of the year for "Life In a Northern Town" with Sugarland and Jake Owen. They will tear up the stage at 9 p.m. Saturday at Joe's Bar, 940 W. Weed. Tickets, $35. Call (312) 337-3486; www.joesbar.com. -- Mary Houlihan
DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS
On his new disc, "Passenger Seat," the Nashville-based Holcomb doesn't abandon his knack for writing beautifully expressive songs filled with melancholy and heartbreak. But he also explores his pop side with a batch of upbeat, melodic songs. Also on the bill is headliner Dave Barnes. At 8 tonight at Subterranean, 2011 W. North. Tickets, $16. Call (773) 278-6600; www.subt.net. -- MH
TRAIL OF DEAD
Touring in support of their recently released sixth album, "The Century of Self," the always mind-blowing Austin, Texas, art-rockers ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead bring their massive, percussion-heavy sound to Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie, after opening sets by Midnight Masses and Funeral Party at 8 tonight. Tickets, $15. Call (866) 468-3401; www.emptybottle.com.
-- Jim DeRogatis
IAN McLAGAN & THE BUMP BAND
Keyboardist McLagan has come a long way since the Faces. He's touring behind his most recent release, "Never Say Never." The Finnish Charts open at 9 p.m. Saturday at FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt in Berwyn. Tickets, $15. Call (708) 788-2118; www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.
'HOT & HEAVY BURLESQUE'
"Viva La Muerte's Hot & Heavy Burlesque" promises "a heavy metal burlesque revue ... clad in leather and ready to rock!" With performers including Viva La Muerte, Backdoor Aly & Siren Jinx, Ms. Bea Haven, Salome Slaughter, Miss Maya Sinstress, Maiden Sacrifice, Red Hot Annie and many others, the show starts at 10 tonight and Saturday night at La Costa Theatre, 3931 N. Elston. Tickets, $15. Visit www.myspace.com/pepperdeth for more information. -- JD
Toubab Krewe produces a wild musical blend described as Malian-influenced Afro-cowboy-ninja-surf music. The Bridge and DJ Warp open at 10 p.m. Saturday at Martyrs', 3855 N. Lincoln. Tickets, $12. Call (773) 404-9494; www.martyrslive.com.