2:47 PM EDT, September 14, 2012
Riot Fest: For the first time the annual punk festival expands outdoors for two days in Humboldt Park (opening night will be indoors at the Congress Theatre), and the lineup has some of its heaviest hitters yet, including Iggy and the Stooges, Elvis Costello, Rise Against, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Built to Spill, Fishbone, Screaming Females, the Descendents, the Offspring, Alkaline Trio and more, 6 p.m. Friday at the Congress Theatre, 2135 N. Milwaukee Av., $38 (sold out); 11:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday at Humboldt Park, 1400 N. Sacramento Ave., $45 daily; riotfest.org.
Hideout Block Party and A.V. Fest: From local stalwarts (Wilco) to rising stars (Wild Belle), soul veterans (Lee Fields) to indie perennials (Iron & Wine), folk-rock songwriters (Glen Hansard) to punk agitators (Corin Tucker Band), this annual block party once again blurs lines between genres and generations, 5 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, $30 and $60 (sold out); hideoutchicago.com.
Handsome Family: Brett (music) and Rennie Sparks (lyrics) may be the two finest, under-the-radar songwriters of the last two decades, blending hard-country tradition, wordplay worthy of Dylan and Flannery O’Connor, and plaintive melodies into songs that don’t just resonate, but haunt and chill to the bone, 9 p.m. Friday at the Mayne Stage, 1328 Morse Ave., $16 and $20; maynestage.com.
Lightning Bolt: The Rhode Island duo has been around since the ‘90s, and they play with more ferocity than ever, their bass-drums spazz-rock veering toward the exorcisms of free jazz, 10 p.m. Saturday at Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Av., $12; emptybottle.com.
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