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Rock, Pop, Etc Next 7 Days – All Ages

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Superheaven, Diamond Youth, Rozwell Kid, Churchkey

Fri., May 22, 5:30 p.m.

Last year music blog Stuff You Will Hate—which fills its pages with tongue-in-cheek coverage of bands largely popular among the Warped Tour set—decided to test its soothsaying skills and predict the forthcoming rise of “soft grunge,” its term for musicians blending the “Seattle sound” with 90s midwestern emo. At this blip, the forecast appears dead-on—and I hope more groups copping that style take notes from Pennsylvania four-piece Superheaven. Bands that worship at the Temple of the Dog love to act as though 1994 never arrived, but Superheaven play like the entire decade never even happened. Their new sophomore album, Ours Is Chrome (SideOneDummy), shrugs off the burden of living up to grunge greats, and even when the guitars give off a whiff of “Teen Spirit,” Superheaven make the sound their own. They mine emo’s volatile catharsis and sweet melodies to produce clean, precise examples of “soft grunge,” and tracks such as “Leach” and “Gushin’ Blood” move with a heavy somberness while managing to hit all the right euphoric pop notes. —Leor Galil $14, $12 in advance

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Beat Kitchen (map)
2100 W. Belmont Ave.
Roscoe Village
phone 773-281-4444
Superheaven, Diamond Youth, Rozwell Kid, Churchkey

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Aragon Ballroom (map)
1106 W. Lawrence Ave.
Uptown
phone 773-561-9500 or 866-448-7849

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Radkey, Dead on TV, Wax TV, War on Women

Sat., May 23, 6 p.m.

Here’s to three African-American kids from Missouri—siblings Isaiah Radke, Solomon Radke, and Dee Radke—for doing their part to re­­introduce punk to its bluesy side. Before any of them were old enough to vote, the brothers Radke had already released two EPs reminiscent of the MC5 and early Misfits, each of them bolstered by Dee’s swarthy, preternaturally mature vocals and knack for blending aggressive blues rock with intensely catchy melodies. Tracks such as “Start Freaking Out” and “Overwhelmed,” both from 2013’s Devil Fruit, are instant sing-along jams, while “Parade It,” the single from their forthcoming as-yet-untitled debut LP, suggests a more developed, nuanced vibe. But maturity hasn’t eluded these young upstarts. Sure, they’ve described their music as a soundtrack for “fucking shit up with a baseball bat,” but the 2013 track “N.I.G.G.A. (Not OK),” a tirade against the casual racism they experienced in their mostly white hometown, is a powerful statement. —Drew Hunt $15, $10 in advance

Subterranean (map)
2011 W. North Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-278-6600
Radkey, Dead on TV, Wax TV, War on Women

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Allstate Arena (map)
6920 Mannheim Rd.
Suburbs Northwest
phone 847-635-6601

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Arcada Theatre (map)
105 E. Main St.
Suburbs Northwest
phone 630-587-8400

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Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience

Sun., May 24, 8 p.m. and Mon., May 25, 7 p.m.
Arcada Theatre (map)
105 E. Main St.
Suburbs Northwest
phone 630-587-8400

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Dmac

Sun., May 24, 8 p.m.
Lincoln Hall (map)
2424 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-525-2501

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House of Blues (map)
329 N. Dearborn St.
River North
phone 312-923-2000

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