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Let’s assume for the sake of argument that you didn’t score tickets to the Hideout Block Party & A.V. Fest this weekend (I think we can safely blame Wilco for how quickly it sold out), and that you’re in no position to get yourself in for free by showing up early on Friday with an ax and an amp to play with the Vision Celestial Guitarkestra. Furthermore let’s say you’re so burned out on giant outdoor festivals that not even Iggy & the Stooges and a Tilt-a-Whirl can lure you to Humboldt Park for Riot Fest. Whatever will you do to get your live-music fix?

Well, obviously that’s a rhetorical question. There are a bazillion shows in Chicago this weekend, many of them excellent—in fact not even the most efficient planning humanly possible will save you from missing something great to catch something else great. Soundboard rounds up the best, as usual, and I’ve got four highlights from the next four days after the jump: