• Speedy Ortiz

Tomorrow night the National kick off their four-night stand at the Chicago Theatre—every performance is sold out but there are plenty of other opportunities to see some great shows.

Tonight there’s Iceberg at the Whistler and SAE Institute USA’s Beats & Breaks Battles at Music Garage. Tomorrow night you can see Hellogoodbye at Lincoln Hall or Adam Busch at Hideout. On Wednesday there’s Langhorne Slim at City Winery and Dumpster Babies at Subterranean.

Be sure to head to Soundboard for all our concert listings. Here are a couple more picks from Reader critics:

Tue 4/15: Godflesh at Metro

“For the past ten years Justin Broadrick has made music as Jesu, combining warm shoegaze with wall-of-sound postmetal. Jesu records are so lush and beautiful that it’s easy to forget you’re listening to the same guy who spent the late 80s and all of the 90s fronting pioneering industrial-metal act Godflesh, one of the most brutal bands ever to exist,” writes Luca Cimarusti. “Streetcleaner, the Birmingham group’s 1989 debut LP, is a frightening, powerful mess, propelled by a clangy, mechanical drum machine and crunchy, earth-rattling bass. On subsequent records the duo grew a bigger lineup, with live drums, another guitarist, and even keyboards, but for their 2010 reunion (really just a handful of festival dates) the band was once again just Broadrick, bassist G.C. Green, and that drum machine. Now Godflesh have finally booked a full-fledged North American tour, and after a cancellation due to visa issues in October, they’re coming to Chicago for the first time in more than 15 years.” Be sure to read our Artist on Artist feature with Broadrick here.

Wed 4/16: Speedy Ortiz at Empty Bottle

“Speedy Ortiz’s Major Arcana (Carpark) isn’t a right-away album,” writes Kevin Warwick. “I found it via ‘No Below,’ a solemn single by the Northampton foursome that’s propelled by a hypnotic ascending-and-descending guitar line that hooked me when the raw but tender vocals of front woman Sadie Dupuis came in right in step with it. It’s the album’s best track, and every time I tried to listen to the whole thing, I couldn’t help skipping forward to it. On my fourth or fifth spin, though, it hit me that Major Arcana hangs together as a whole, greater than the sum of its part.”