Nineties Chicago alt-rock band Verbow had a couple of very minor hits from their days on Epic Records, like “Holiday” and “New History,” two songs that now sound dated in a sweet, nostalgic way. Pure pop from the “emotionally raw” set, Verbow was a little too slick to be considered amonsgt its local punk and emo contemporaries. But the band’s records “Chronicles” (1997) and “White Out” (2000) stand as genuine pop-rock records of their time, made unique, of course, by Alison Chesley’s cello. The band officially broke up in 2003, though through the few years before that disbanding seemed inevitable. Tonight Verbow reunites on the Schubas stage to celebrate the release of “Verbow: Live at Schubas,” a compilation of live tracks recorded from 1998 and 2001. The sleek guitar pop and Gen-X nineties angst should drip from the walls. (Tom Lynch)
May 15 at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, (773)525-2508, 9pm. $10.