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SPACE (map)
1245 Chicago Ave.
Evanston
phone 847-492-8860

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Lincoln Hall (map)
2424 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-525-2501

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Zammuto, Dosh

Tue., Sept. 9, 8 p.m.

On the new Anchor (Temporary Residence), his second solo album since the dissolution of slice-and-dice art-pop project the Books, Nick Zammuto seems to be going for a live-band sound. The record does use a bit of studio wizardry—some looped or sampled percussion here, some postproduction whatsit there—but the latest incarnation of the four-piece band Zammuto named after himself sounds more or less like it’s playing his tunes in real time. What hasn’t changed is the literary quality of those songs: he updates old-time murder ballads in “Henry Lee,” about a man who kills his true love, and evokes a nagging sense of guilt about an unspoken misdeed in a track that he’s for some obscure reason titled “Hegemony,” whose instrumental component is a fizzy rush of Dirty Projectors-style complexity. He builds his arrangements around rhythm; the pretty but forgettable melodies, sung by Zammuto himself or by guest vocalist Daniela Gesundheit of Snowblink, drift through a hazy constellation of synthesizer lines and terse guitar patterns. The live-band aspect ought to enhance this group’s onstage impact, but its material feels a bit slight compared to the Books’ richly textured aural puzzles. —Peter Margasak $15

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Schubas (map)
3159 N. Southport Ave.
Lakeview
phone 773-525-2508
Zammuto, Dosh

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Mayne Stage (map)
1328 W. Morse Ave.
Rogers Park/West Rogers Park
phone 773-381-4554

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City Winery (map)
1200 W. Randolph St.
Near West Side
phone 312-733-9463

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Clipping., J.A. Grimms & Blacklight

Wed., Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.

On June’s CLPPNG (Sub Pop), Los Angeles hip-hop trio Clipping. push their harsh noise-rap toward self-consciously vile extremes in subject matter—their lyrics are as over-the-top as the gleefully gross explosions of blood and body parts in a Troma horror movie. Over blistering, gurgling instrumentals that get under your skin like unstoppable parasitic worms, MC Daveed Diggs tears through graphic rhymes about sexy serial killers and body-combusting drug binges. But even though the beat for “Get Up” consists almost entirely of the shrill, steady beep of an alarm clock, the song acquires a verse-chorus structure almost like a straightforward Top 40 rap track thanks to its alternation between Diggs’s aggressive, rapid-fire rapping and a dreamy hook sung by a female guest vocalist. These miscreants understand the visceral charge of noise as thoroughly as hip-hop’s expansive world, and they know how to strike a balance between the two—on “Dream,” Diggs rewrites the opening of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy,” whispering about reading Murder Dog magazine over a cold, near-ambient instrumental. The best tunes on CLPPNG are the most feral, and like any good Troma movie, they’re almost charming in their vulgarity; on the brooding “Tonight,” when guest MC Gangsta Boo raps about lingering at a Waffle House to have sex with a stranger after closing time, her swagger makes what might otherwise come across as trashy or gross sound approachable, even fun. —Leor Galil $12, $10 in advance

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Schubas (map)
3159 N. Southport Ave.
Lakeview
phone 773-525-2508
Clipping., J.A. Grimms & Blacklight

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White Lung, Mormon Crosses, Den

Wed., Sept. 10, 8 p.m.

Of White Lung’s three albums, this year’s Deep Fantasy is the best produced—thanks, Domino Recording Company!—and most ferocious. It’s the sound of a hardcore punk band very much in command of its hardcore punkness. Each of its dark two-minute mantras is carved into an unblemished diamond—no pomp and no frills, just misanthropy, full steam ahead. Front woman Mish Way seethes with vitriol one moment (“Drown With the Monster”) and belts out a grunge-tipped yowl the next “(Down It Goes”), while guitarist Kenneth William blows through breakneck riffs, hopscotching from one chord to the next and banging noise out of his guitar that’s nearly melodic. On their next album, I can’t imagine that Way and crew will fuss much with their formula, or with their witchy mystique—for that kind of move to make sense, they’d have to stop peaking first. —Kevin Warwick $12, $10 in advance

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Subterranean (map)
2011 W. North Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-278-6600
White Lung, Mormon Crosses, Den

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City Winery (map)
1200 W. Randolph St.
Near West Side
phone 312-733-9463

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Thalia Hall (map)
1227 W. 18th
Pilsen/Little Village
phone 312-526-3851

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

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