When: April 16-25 2009
Founded in Los Angeles in 1998 and now spread across several cities—including Liverpool, where one of the host venues is the Cavern Club, made famous by the Beatles—the International Pop Overthrow festival kicks off its eighth year in Chicago this Thursday, April 16. The fest’s 13 shows, which feature mostly local or midwestern bands, run through Saturday, April 25, and are spread across four clubs: the Abbey Pub (3420 W. Grace), Bird’s Nest (2500 N. Southport), the Spot (4437 N. Broadway), and the Red Line Tap (7066 N. Glenwood). IPO takes its name from the debut album by Chicago’s own Material Issue, and tends to book acts that play, in the organizer’s words, “melodic rock ’n’ roll”—from power pop to folk pop and everything in between. Admission is $8 or $10, depending on the show; see each day’s Rock, Pop, Etc. listings for bands and other details.