Above image: Radar State, a newly formed group that includes members of The Anniversary, The Architects and The Get Up Kids, plays its debut show tonight at The Riot Room. | Photo: Mike Alexander
Though Radar State has yet to perform a show, the supergroup — which includes members of The Get Up Kids, The Anniversary and The Architects — released its first single through Brooklyn Vegan and is on the lineup for Chicago’s Riot Fest. You can catch the guys for their first show at The Riot Room tonight, with Scruffy and the Janitors and Archie Powell and the Exports. It’s also drummer Adam Phillips’ birthday. If you haven’t danced out all the feels by the time it’s over, stay after the show for a pop-punk DJ set from Casey Osburn and Katie Harrington. Tickets for Radar State are available.
3 Son Green has never focused on carving itself into a particular niche. The band’s four members are skilled musicians who explore jam rock, jazz and funk to gratifying results. Tonight, 3 Son Green releases its latest album, “And Then There Were Two” at Californos. Opening the show will be Grassfed, who is just returning from a European tour.
The Kickback released its sophomore album “Weddings and Funerals” just two weeks ago, receiving rave reviews from ABC News and Consequence of Sound. The Chicago-based indie rock trio opens a stacked bill at recordBar tonight, with locals Not A Planet and Dylan Guthrie & the Good Time Guys.
If punk is what soothes your savage soul, the Replay Lounge in Lawrence, Kansas is the place to be tonight. This will be the second show on a consecutive 22-day tour for Voice of Addiction, a Chicago band that’s releasing its new full-length, “The Lost Art of Empathy.” They’ll be joined by Lawrence and KC punk groups The Rackatees, Hipshot Killer and The Havok on Polaris.
On Saturday, KC’s biggest blues and jazz blowout will take place all day at The Phoenix. The eighth annual Phoenix Fest celebrates the club’s 27 years of providing quality live music to KC. It’ll feature food trucks, local brewers and sets on two stages from 10 acts, including The MGDs, Brody Buster, A La Mode and more. Bring a lawn chair, and get your tickets here.
Tomorrow night, Mills Record Company celebrates its first birthday in its new location on Broadway and Westport Road. Judy Mills and her crew will treat you to an evening of music from Heartfelt Anarchy and The Sluts, along with Betty Rae’s Ice Cream. Ice cream, records and free live music — seriously, what more do you need?
Before relocating to New York City, Cody Critcheloe spent a number of years in KC, honing his artistic project Ssion. Under that moniker, he’s released a number of albums, created artwork and directed music videos for artists like Peaches, Kylie Minogue and Perfume Genius. His appearance at The Riot Room Saturday night will likely be one for the books. Be sure to get tickets in advance.