Plenty to do this weekend in the Lou, what with the Legends of Hip-Hop Tour featuring Salt-n-Pepa and the return of the Fleshtones (albeit sans Bunnygrunt). Right here at the RFT's main music page you can find some other recommended shows which appeared in the print edition - and, as always, ten more excellent events right down below.
Friday: Lee MacDougall @ Cicero's Heartfelt U.K. singer-songwriter MacDougall charms with spare acoustic tunes. With Thomas Jefferson, Morgan Nusbaum, Derrick Streibig. 8:30 p.m. $8.
Now, Now @ Off Broadway Now, Now (which has dropped the "Every Children" from its name) brings its sweet co-ed electro-pop back to town. With Santah, the Breaks. 9 p.m. 21-plus: $8. Under 21: $11
Homegrown Showcase @ the Pageant Locals only rule the night, as Heroes of the Kingdom, Option//Control, Shame Club and Ready the Cannons take the stage. Free if you print a ticket at thepageant.com/homegrown. $5 otherwise.
The Gramophone's Three-Year Anniversary Uncle Lucius and Waterstreet help the Grove venue celebrate three years in existence. Happy birthday! 9 p.m. 18-plus. $7 + $3 minor surcharge.
This Must Be the Band @ 2720 Cherokee The Chicago Talking Heads tribute starts your weekend off crosseyed and painless. 9 p.m. 21-plus. $10. Janis Ian @ Old Rock House The legendary, Grammy-winning songwriter plays an intimate show as part of the venue's Listening Room series. 8:30 p.m. $32 Reserved, $25 General Admission. 21-plus only.
Emilie Autumn @ Fubar Stylized electro-goth girlie. $15. Doors at 7 p.m.
Theodore @ Schlafly Tap Room The dependable live act pairs with Carbondale folk-pop enthusiasts Nighty Night. 9 p.m. Free.
Saturday Tight Pants Syndrome @ Schlafly Tap Room Local power-pop with a '70s bent. With HUMDRUM, Nee. Free. 9 p.m.
Sunday: Cheap Girls @ Off Broadway Read our interview with vocalist Ian Graham. With Laura Stevenson & the Cans, Two Cow Garage, Men Working in Trees. 7:30 p.m. 21-plus: $8, Under 21: $11