Before I get to the usual recommendations from our Soundboard page, I’d like to remind you about a few shows mentioned elsewhere. The Logan Launch Festival, which celebrates the opening of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, runs Fri 10/12-Sun 10/14. The Spektral Quartet—whose new residency at the U. of C. is the subject of Three Beats item—plays the fest on Friday. Richard Lerman’s Travelon Gamelon, which uses piezo disk transducers and microphones attached to bicycles to create abstract rhythmic music, will be performed in the wild on Saturday at 1:30 PM and in the courtyard of the Logan Center at 3:30 PM.

The Swan King, Bell Witch, Night Terror, and Michael Vallera play the Burlington on Sat 10/13 as part of a benefit to help Indiana-based label Captcha beef up the sound program at artists’ residency program ACRE; there’s more on that in Three Beats too.

Beach House and openers Poor Moon (authors of yesterday’s 12 O’Clock Track) are at the Riviera Theatre on Thu 10/11, and A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy K, and Danny Brown hit the Congress Theater (one of our Fall Arts Best Bets) on Thu 10/11.

And that’s not even all. Trumpeter Corey Wilkes plays the Jazz Showcase Thu 10/11-Sun 10/14; Bill Frisell plays the Symphony Center on Fri 10/12 with Ron Miles, Tony Scherr, and Kenny Wollesen; Robyn Hitchcock plays three shows, two on Sat 10/13 at the Old Town School’s Maurer Hall and one at SPACE in Evanston on Sun 10/14; the RZA plays Double Door on Sat 10/13; and Indian classical slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya plays the Old Town School’s Szold Hall on Sun 10/14.

Now on to those Soundboard picks!

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.