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The National, Daughter

Wed., April 16, 7:30 p.m., Thu., April 17, 7:30 p.m. and Fri., April 18, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago Theatre (map)
175 N. State St.
phone 312-462-6300
The National, Daughter


Tokyo Police Club, Geographer, Said the Whale

Thu., April 17, 7 p.m.

Few recent pop-rock albums have wormed their way into my head like 2010’s Champ, the sophomore full-length from Canadian four-piece Tokyo Police Club: catchy and unfussy, it captures the carefree feeling of a perfect summer day. I would’ve been fine with it if Tokyo Police Club never topped Champ, so long as they kept trying, and I sort of got what I wanted with March’s Forcefield (Mom + Pop). The follow-up to Champ (if you don’t count the 2011 covers album Ten Songs, Ten Years, Ten Days) retains that album’s unfussy, easygoing vibe and sneaky hooks, though most of the songs are less memorable. Tokyo Police Club are still evolving too: the best song on Forcefield, the effervescent, danceable “Hot Tonight,” pushes the group further into radio-pop territory with its sparkly production and an irresistibly upbeat guitar riff that recalls the one in Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the U.S.A.” —Leor Galil sold out

Lincoln Hall (map)
2424 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-525-2501
Tokyo Police Club, Geographer, Said the Whale


John Cale

Thu., April 17, 8 p.m.

John Cale is revered thanks to his years in the Velvet Underground—possibly even more so since the passing of Lou Reed last fall—but he earns our continued attention with his new music. His 15th studio album, 2012’s Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood (Double Six), got mixed responses from critics, much like his first primarily electronic album, 1985’s Artificial Intelligence—and in both cases, a lot of the cringing had to do with his refusal to act his age. The 72-year-old doesn’t sound like a legacy artist on Shifty Adventures; he sounds like a weirdo puttering around in a studio with younger collaborators (most notably Danger Mouse) to create surrealist pop that’s vaguely sinister, vaguely sexual, and vaguely melancholy. When it fails, it’s just kind of dull, and when it succeeds—as on “Hemingway,” where he reminds us that he can also use his oddly regal Welsh choirmaster’s voice to scream—it’s chilling. The real reason to see Cale live is his deep catalog—he’s a criminally underrated songwriter, and I’d put his best material up against Reed’s any day, if the idea of a competition between them wasn’t so crass and tedious. The last time I saw him, at the Brilliant Corners fest in 2012, he thumbed his nose at the curfew and finished his set with no lights and no PA. It was magnificent. —Monica Kendrick $35, $33 for members

Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music (map)
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
phone 773-728-6000
John Cale


Travis Scott, King Louie, King Marquis, Alex Wiley, Sir WJ, Star Barksdale, Million Dollar Mano (DJ set)

Thu., April 17, 8 p.m.

King Louie approaches rap music like southerners Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane, and Wacka Flocka Flame: big, flashy, synth-driven beats and raps that value catchy rhythms over tricky writing. But Louie himself doesn't put much stock in such comparisons—he thinks they're the result of people stretching to describe him because they can't liken him to other locals. —Miles Raymer, 2012

Metro (map)
3730 N. Clark St.
phone 773-549-0203


Dosh, Bitchin Bajas

Thu., April 17, 9 p.m.

Bitchin Bajas has evolved into a real band, with former Mahjongg member Daniel Quinlivan on synthesizers and electronics and Rob Frye on woodwinds, percussion, organ, and guitar. A stronger structure emerged earlier this year on the 12-inch Krausened (Permanent), particularly on the title track, which features soothing, spacey melodies suggestive of Kraftwerk spread atop electronic motorik grooves. —Peter Margasak, 2013

Hideout (map)
1354 W. Wabansia Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 773-227-4433
Dosh, Bitchin Bajas


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


FitzGerald's (map)
6615 Roosevelt Rd.
phone 708-788-2118


United Center (map)
1901 W. Madison St.
United Center
phone 312-455-4500


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