TGIT: Our Weekend Picks!

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Thursday, May 7

Heidi Spencer & Lisa Gatewood @ The Estate  (2423 N. Murray Ave.) 9:30 p.m.

I saw Heidi Spencer some random Thursday at The Estate last October, on one of the last warm nights of the fall. Phenomenal show. Her voice has that same atmosphere, a delicate warmth wrapped in a chill – and I’ll always associate it like that. She’s joined by another one of our favorites, Lisa Gatewood, who brings a bluesier songwriting style.

Friday, May 8

Roster McCabe + The Hue + Kinetic @ Miramar Theatre (2844 N. Oakland Ave.) 8 p.m.

Miramar Theater is the spot for improv rock. We talked with Roster McCabe last time he was in town, read the interview with the jammy-singer/songwriter here. The Hue is a guitar-driven prog-rock ensemble; you can definitely tell they listen to fellow jam-happy Chicagoans Umphrey’s McGee. Kinetic is either a prog-metal outfit from Greece, a Brookyln pychedelic group, or a local jam band without a MySpace page.

Freaks Come Out Fest @ Borg Ward Collective (823 W. National Ave.) 7 p.m. (also 8 p.m. May 9)

How’s this for a lineup: Gay Witch Abortion, Joe Smith, Manic Zamboni, Wabeno Rock Farm, Guzzlemug, Dear Astronaut, Gozortenplat and Mildew. Now what the hell kind of festival could this be, you ask? Find out more tomorrow. Hint: [__-core]

Saturday, May 9

Eric Mire Band + Melissa Czarnik + Sara Fierek @ Stonefly Brewery (735 E. Center St.) 10 p.m.

She looks like she works in a Riverwest bookstore, but Melissa Czarnik can handle a microphone. Her flow is undeniable. Watch the YouTube video.

Salt Creek CD Release @ Linnemann’s (1001 E. Locust St.) 8 p.m.

Salt Creek is a bluegrass scarecrow stuffed with a genre-mulch of rock n’ roll. Behind the banjo and the chicken pickin’ lies rockability, Celtic and honkey tonk vibes. Jams can wind up in weird places, like “Nava Nagila” (the Jewish Wedding Dance). Grooves morph into unexpected shapes — sometimes the guitar is totally vintage Steve Howe. Check out their new material at this CD release party.

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