Though, needless to say, the fifth (or sixth, if we count its first year as Intonation) Pitchfork Music Festival is the major musical event in town this weekend, and one of the biggest nationally, for that matter, all three days already are sold-out. If you’re not inclined to listen from outside the fencing on the perimeter of the West Side’s Union Park–or to check this blog throughout the weekend as I cover the festival on-site–here are some other fine musical happenings this weekend.
It’s a night of seriously old-school punk at the Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace, starting at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday (July 17), and while neither the crowd nor the performers will be pretty to look at, there should be no shortage of adrenaline. Celebrating the release of Touch and Go: The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine ’79-83 , a book compiling the legendary fanzine that gave birth to both an aesthetic and a Chicago record label, Tesco Vee of the Meatmen will lead his current band Hate Police and oversee an evening of hardcore frivolity that also includes White Flag (L.A.’s satirical answer to Black Flag back in the day), Das Kapital, and Fester.
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