Didn't make it SXSW? Dry your eyes. There are good shows at home even when most of the music world is away. It will be warm, streetfesty weather before you know it. In the meantime, get your sea legs back and hit up one of our picks for the week.
Ty Segal at The Empty Bottle, March 14, $8. Low-fi garage punk. It's like listening to vinyl live. What else can we say? This is Chicago, he fits right in. Empty Bottle, (at West Cortez Street) 1035 North Western Avenue; 773-276-3600.
Bright Eyes at The Riv, March 15, $29. Most of the time, this editor has no interest in anything remotely approaching weenie-rock. However, Bright Eyes has his time and place. Take it easy this Tuesday. The Riviera, 4746 North Racine Avenue; 773- 275-6800.
Simian Mobile Disco, The Juan McLean, Blondes at The Mid, March 16, $22.50. UK dance underground heroes backed up by Americans holding their own. This is a hump-day special, but you'll never even know it's a school night. The Mid, 306 North Halsted Avenue (just North of Fulton Market) 312-265-3990.
Cave at The Empty Bottle, March 17, $5. When was your last epic jam sesh? Friend, it's been too long. Check out local band Cave, who might lose their "psych" badge if they keep playing so much "rock." Empty Bottle, (at West Cortez Street) 1035 North Western Avenue; 773-276-3600.
The Constellations at Schubas, March 18, $10. Atlanta's psychedelic soul-rock ambassadors show up in Chi-town this Friday. We're hearing rumors about 60 degrees. Let's go! Schubas, 3159 North Southport Avenue; 773-525-2508.