Shut out of the Avett Brothers show? Not a Kings of Leon fan? Don't worry: There's plenty of other things to do this weekend -- aside from Financial Aid at 2720 Cherokee and the Blues City Deli Streetfest, of course.
Friday: Alex Chilton Tribute @ Off Broadway Christian Schaeffer interviewed long-time bass fixture Steve Scariano, one of the city's biggest Alex Chilton fans, about the artist and his legacy. See Scariano play in three separate groups during this tribute night. Also on the bill: Edward Burch, the Boorays, Jimmy Griffin, Beth Bombara + the Robotic Foundation and Wormwood Scrubs -- to name a few. 8 p.m. 21-plus: $10. Under 21: $13.
Innerpartysystem/Midnight Conspiracy DJ sets @ Sol Propaganda tonight upstairs draws DJ sets from glitchy industro-electronic trio Innerpartysystem and Chicago's Midnight Conspiracy. Innerpartysystem's "American Trash" is the missing link between The Downward Spiral and Simian Mobile Disco. 9 p.m. (Sultan and Ned Shepard, with an opening set by Rob Lemon, are in the main room at Sol.)
The Takedown (CD release) @ Old Rock House Escape Plan, the new CD from local quartet the Takedown, is a slick, earnest collection of modern rock/pop confections. (Think Alkaline Trio's clean-cut, non-gothy little brother.) Celebrate Plan's release at the Old Rock House. Peach and Minutes to Midnight are also playing. 8 p.m. $7. 21-plus only.
Saturday: Homegrown @ 2501 Jefferson The masterminds behind Panoptic Productions are behind this multi-artist event at a "virgin venue" on Jefferson. DJ Mahf, Cypher, Jim K, JetSet, Miss J and more (full lineup here) will spin everything from dubstep and tech-trance to progressive and funk. Live artists and other spectacle completes this late-late-night event. 9 p.m. $15. 18-plus.
Grovefest Starting at 4 p.m., the annual music/art/merchandise/entertainment hootenanny takes over the Grove district on Manchester between Sarah and Kentucky. The free event goes until 11 p.m. All of the nitty-gritty specifics can be found right here.
Chippewa Chapel Band Scramble @ Off Broadway Local musicians reconfigure themselves into new bands -- hence the "scramble" -- and try to write and perform sterling new tunes. The show benefits music camp scholarships for SCOSAG, so your attendance even contributes to a good cause. 9 p.m. 21-plus: $10. Under 21: $13. Ed Kowalczyk of Live @ Old Rock House Re-live your '90s glory days with the vocalist of Live, the band responsible for "Lightning Crashes," "All Over You" and countless other alt-radio staples. Thriving Ivory and Miggs are also playing. 8:30 p.m. $25
Toadies/Gringo Star @ the Pageant If you're feeling a bit grungier, Toadies -- which recently released Feeler, an album shelved by Interscope Records twelve years ago -- will be headlining the Pageant. Don't worry, the band will play "Rubberneck." Pop-rockers Gringo Star, an always excellent live band, open. 8 p.m. $17.50 today, $20 tomorrow
Appleseed Cast/Giants in the Sky/Loza @ Firebird Chameleonic indie rockers Appleseed Cast return with more turbulent dreampop. Shoegaze-y locals Loza and '90s throwbacks Giants in the Sky open. 8 p.m. $10 to $12
Dave Aude @ Lure DJ/remixer/producer Dave Aude -- who's worked with everyone from U2 to Beyonce-- is still on at Lure this weekend. His latest release is a remix of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream." Advance tickets are $10 and up; buy them here.
Nightvision @ Upstairs Lounge Diana Benanti has all of the details on this new weekly spearheaded by ex-Dirty Money mastermind Matthew Leach. 10 p.m.
Sunday: The Scissors/The Haddonfields @ Off Broadway Chicago co-ed pop-punks the Scissors often recall roller-derby chanters the Soviettes, when they're not taking cues from other fast-and-brash Fat Wreck Chords bands. Local punks the Haddonfields open. 8 p.m. 21-plus: $7. Under 21: $10.