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Chicago live music preview: Upcoming shows to catch

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There's always so many great live music options in Chicago that it can be tough to decide what to go see. Here is a roundup of some upcoming shows to hopefully make the decisions a bit easier.

Wednesday, October 3rd: Chain and the Gang, Outer Minds at the Burlington (9 p.m., 21+, $10)
Ian Svenonious's latest band will stop in town as part of their current tour. You can prep by checking out some of their tunes on Bandcamp.

Thursday, October 4th: Michael Chapman, O.W.L., The Singleman Affair at Hideout (9 PM, 21+, $10)
If you're not familiar with the long musical history of British folk artist Michael Chapman, which began in the 1960s, read up and then head to Hideout Thursday night for a chance to catch him live.

Friday, October 5th: Crocodiles, Punks on Mars, Michael Lux and the Bad Sons at Subterranean (9:30 PM, 17+, $10)
The latest album from San Diego's Crocodiles, Endless Flowers, made it clear they are a band worthy of the attention they've been getting. It's an album's worth of addictive tunes powered up with a fuzzy blast (fitting that frontman Brandon Welchez is married to Dum Dum Girls' Dee Dee).

Saturday, October 6th: Dark Dark Dark, Angel Olsen at Schubas (9 PM, $5)
Today, Minneapolis-based Dark Dark Dark released their newest album Who Needs Who. That gives you a perfect amount of time to get familiar with the songs before they're in town Saturday.

Sunday, October 7th: William Elliot Whitmore, Samantha Crain at Bottom Lounge (9 PM, 17+, $15)
With just a banjo and a bass drum, Iowa-born William Elliot Whitmore has garnered enough acclaim to tour with the likes of the Pogues, Lucero and Frank Turner. On Sunday, you can catch him in a headlining slot.

Monday, October 8th: Running, Many Places at the Whistler (9:30 PM, 21+, FREE)
It's CHIRP night! This month the non-profit radio station-sponsored fundraiser will feature Running and Many Places, the former of which you can get a sense of from this Windy City Rock live review (spoiler: the words "banshee's howl" were used). As for Many Places, read up on them in this record review.