Nicholas Payton

Look, Soundboard knows you’re busy right now planning trips to all your favorite Best of Chicago discoveries (I’m looking at you, kimchi pancakes from the Little Goat). Just don’t forget to leave some space in your schedule this weekend for live music. Some of these acts even play at (shameless plug) venues you might learn about from our Best of Chicago issue.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Green Music Fest takes over Wicker Park, with Manchester Orchestra, Everest, and Into It. Over It. among the acts on its two stages. The Chicago Gospel Music Festival kicks off today, running through Sunday at several locations, including Pritzker Pavilion and Ellis Park.

Tonight, Mucca Pazza play a free set at Double Door, Julian Lynch opens for Luyas at the Empty Bottle, and the Hideout hosts rising Chicago queer rapper Big Dipper. Bloodiest, Kings Destroy, and the Swan King perform at Bottom Lounge’s Volcano Room in a showcase for new local label War Crime Recordings.

On Friday My Gold Mask headlines at the Hideout, while Sonny & the Sunsets top the bill at Beat Kitchen. The Maine double up for a two-night stand Friday and Saturday at Bottom Lounge. The band will also be at Reggie’s on Saturday for a meet-and-greet.

Also on Saturday, Major Stars play Burlington, Sewingneedles play a free in-store at Saki, and Cheer-Accident returns from a two-year hiatus for an epic 90-minute set at the Mayne Stage.

Sunday the Hideout hosts its annual A Day in the Country mini festival, featuring two stages of the city’s best country music along with classic southern cooking and, most important, pie. Tiger Hatchery also plays at Burlington with Zath.

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